Registration in terms of the: Regulations regarding extended producer responsibility, 2020
The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) published the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (Act No. 59 of 2008) Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations and notices for the identified waste streams of paper and packaging, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and lighting on 5 November 2020 for implementation. Further to this, the draft amendments to the regulations and notices regarding extended producer responsibility, 2020 were published for comment on 19 March 2021.
The purpose of the Regulations regarding extended producer responsibility, 2020 is to:
- Provide the framework for the development; implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EPR schemes by producers in terms of S18 of the NEMWA;
- Ensure the effective and efficient management of the identified end-of-life products; and
- Encourage and enable the implementation of the circular economy initiatives.
In terms of the regulations, all producers of identified products and producer responsibility organisations (PRO) must register with the department. The EPR system provides a means for relevant producers and PROs to register with the department and be issued with a unique registration number.
The primary objectives of the EPR system are, but not limited to the following:
- Establish an online registration platform.
- Easy accessibility and quick registration process for producers and producer responsibility organisations (PROs).
- Efficient management of registrations by administrators.
- User-friendly and well organised EPR registration that complies with the regulations.
- Comply with the highest security standards.
Registration of producers
- All existing producers of products, at the time these regulations come into effect, must register with the department within 6 months of the publication of the Government Notice in the Government Gazette in terms of section 18(1) of the act by completing the prescribed form obtainable from the department.
- All new producers of products, who commence producing after these regulations come into effect, must register with the department within three (3) months of being established, by completing the prescribed form obtainable from the department.
- The department must consider all producer registration application forms and issue a registration number for each producer that has submitted such form, within 30 days of receipt of a form in which all sections are correctly completed.
Registration of producer responsibility organisations
- All existing producer responsibility organisations must register with the department within six (6) months of the publication of these regulations in the Government Gazette by completing the prescribed form from the department.
- All newly established producer responsibility organisations, after the coming into effect of these regulations, must register with the department within 3 months of being established by completing the prescribed form from the department.
The EPR system contains information on who should register, how to register, an opportunity to search for registrations and an electronic form to register in line with the legislative requirements. Required documentation can also be uploaded during the registration process. Once a registration form is completed and submitted, a system generated email will be sent to the user, notifying the user that the registration has been submitted for consideration. The user will also receive a confirmation email with a unique system generated reference number once the registration is approved.
Registration commences from 05 May 2021.
For queries related to extended producer responsibility, please contact:
- Mr Anben Pillay
Cell: 066 489 6132
For EPR registration system related queries, the following officials may be contacted:
- Mr Donald Sehaswana
Tel: 012 399 9831
- Mr Jeremia Sibande
Tel: 012 399 9832
- Ms Senisha Soobramany
Tel: 012 399 9373