EPR Sweden

By Tetiana / In EPR / May 26, 2023

Update of EPR regulation in Sweden: packaging producer responsibilities and compliance guidelines for 2023

It is important to note that the Swedish government has recently announced an ordinance (2022:1274) regarding the producer’s responsibility for the packaging, effective from January 1st, 2023.

However, some provisions of this regulation will take effect at a later stage.

We will continuously update our guidance to reflect these new regulations.


Who is a producer of packaging?

According to the Swedish regulation on producer responsibility for the packaging, a packaging producer is defined as any individual or entity engaged in the professional filling, usage, manufacturing, bringing, or selling of packaging or packaged products within Sweden.

This includes packaging items designed to protect, present, or facilitate the handling of products or items, with the exception of service packaging.

If your business activities fall into any of these categories, it is important to note that you will be considered a producer under the new regulation.

Our team at Lovat is here to provide you with comprehensive guidance and support to ensure that you understand and fulfill your obligations as a packaging producer in accordance with the Swedish regulations.


Read our article on European obligations for e-commerce sellers who pack orders to gain insights into how this impacts your business.


Products covered

The Swedish regulation on producer responsibility for packaging encompasses any single-use item or product that is manufactured for the purpose of:

  • containing
  • protecting
  • presenting
  • delivering another product.

This includes all stages of production, from raw materials to the final product, and applies to all individuals or entities involved in the production chain, from producers to end-users.

The regulation covers an extensive range of packaging types, including:

  • consumer packaging
  • group packaging
  • transport packaging
  • service packaging.

The classification is determined at the point of sale and includes any packaging that constitutes a sales unit for the end-user, comprises a group of sales units, or facilitates handling or transport of products to prevent damage. This includes items made from any material.

Furthermore, single-use products that are filled also fall under the definition of packaging, and from 1st January 2023, single-use cups that are sold empty will also be included in this category.

At Lovat, we have in-depth knowledge of these regulations and can help you navigate through the complexities of packaging compliance, ensuring your business meets all the necessary requirements.


What you must do

It is essential for producers to fulfill certain responsibilities under the Swedish regulation on producer responsibility for packaging.

1. Contract with eco-operator

Firstly, from November 1st, 2023, you are required to be affiliated with an approved producer responsibility organization.

You must contract this organization. 

A list of approved producer responsibility organizations will be published on the website of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

2. Register

Secondly, as a packaging producer, you must register with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency before providing packaging in the Swedish market.

When registering with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, it is mandatory to provide certain information, which includes:

– the producer’s name

– contact details

– personal or corporate identification number (tax registration number or VAT-number if no identification number exists).

Moreover, producers must also indicate which collection scheme they are affiliated with or which approved producer responsibility organization they have hired (from November 1st onwards).

3. EPR reporting

Thirdly, producers must also submit a yearly report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. This report includes information related to the producer’s usage of packaging for protecting, presenting, or facilitating the handling of a product, as well as any sales of packaging or packaged products in Sweden, or manufacturing of single-use cups.

Those affiliated with an approved producer responsibility organization can submit their reports through this organization. However, as a producer, it is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the information provided and the timely submission of the report. Therefore, you must take the necessary steps to ensure the collection scheme can submit the information on your behalf. Alternatively, producers can report independently through the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s e-service.

4. Annual fee

Additionally, producers are also responsible for paying an annual enforcement fee to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.


Apply by filling out the form, get your unique EPR number, and pay for the license.


What happens if you non-compliant?

If a producer of packaging does not register the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency can, for example, decide on an injunction directed against the producer. An injunction can be combined with a fine.


Simplify compliance with Lovat’s expert assistance

We are here to support your business in every step of the process. Our services include choosing the most suitable ecosystem for your business, registering your company with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and obtaining a certification that confirms your registration as a producer.

We understand the importance of timely and accurate reporting for maintaining compliance with the producer responsibility regulations. Therefore, we are dedicated to taking care of filing periodic reports to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on your behalf to ensure that the information provided is entirely accurate.

Additionally, we will assist you in paying the annual enforcement fee to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. With our comprehensive services, you can rest assured that your business will be fully compliant with the Swedish regulations on producer responsibility for packaging, allowing you to focus on your core business activities.


Take advantage of our comprehensive services and ensure compliance effortlessly!