Important updates on EPR in the Netherlands (Textiles)
Presently, the Netherlands lacks specific regulations pertaining to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for textiles. However, from July 1, 2023, transformative changes will shape the Dutch clothing market, fostering the growth of sustainable textiles and reinforcing responsible practices.
Which products will be impacted?
Previously, textile products could freely enter the Netherlands without any consideration for their post-use fate. However, with the introduction of the Textile-EPR regulation, a comprehensive approach is being implemented to address the environmental impact of textiles.
The Textile-EPR regulation applies to a wide range of entities involved in the commercial provision of clothing within the Dutch market. This includes manufacturers, importers, and businesses catering to both consumers and other businesses (B2B and B2C, D2C). The regulatory provisions encompass various textile products such as consumer garments, workwear, corporate attire, table, bed, and household linens.
Furthermore, the regulation extends to textiles made from partially recycled materials, emphasizing the industry’s commitment to sustainability and circularity. However, Dutch second-hand shops and companies exclusively providing raw materials for production are exempt from the Textile-EPR requirements.
As a result, the following groups will be directly affected by these new regulations:
- Online retailers operating from outside the Netherlands but serving Dutch consumers by stocking inventory (e.g., Amazon retailers).
- Retailers based in the Netherlands that market textiles or clothing under their own brand, including online retailers.
- Label/brand owners located within the Netherlands who oversee their own production processes.
- Importers of clothing or textiles targeting other businesses.
Therefore, foreign online traders who sell textiles within the Dutch market must adhere to these regulations.
Responsibilities of producers
The EPR Textile Decree mandates that producers and importers operating in the Dutch market contribute to an innovation fund by paying a fee per product. This fund aims to stimulate sustainable and circular initiatives and business models within the industry.
To ensure compliance with the regulations, producers and importers must register with an official EPR scheme. This requirement applies to both domestic and foreign online retailers. Foreign retailers must also appoint an authorized representative in the Netherlands to handle product registration on their behalf.
Furthermore, annual reporting is mandatory to monitor the volume of textiles imported into the Dutch market and evaluate the progress made in achieving collection, recycling, and reuse targets.