Your next steps in the EPR journey

Section 18 of the new Waste Management Act came into effect on 5 May 2021. These regulations relate to extended producer responsibility (EPR) in terms of a number of industries and products, including the paper and plastics packaging industries.

As a supporter of the circular economy and the DFFE legislation, it is our responsibility to support and encourage registration with the DFFE and the relevant PRO’s.

Mpact has been contributing to EPR, indirectly on your behalf, by means of a voluntary levy, for a number of years and is an existing member of Packaging SA, Plastics SA and the following Producer Responsibility Organisations (PRO’s): 

  • Polyco (HDPE, LDPE, PP, PET, Vinyl, Polystyrene and Multi layers)
  • Polystyrene Association of South Africa – Merged with Polyco
  • Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) – Merged with Polyco
  • VinylLoop (New vehicle for EPR, under SAVA) – Merged with Polyco

We look forward to participating with you in this process, furthering our investment in a circular economy and contributing to smarter, sustainable solutions.

For an ‘easy to read’ step-by-step process on what to do next, please refer to our EPR journey guide below or contact us on

Confused about what to do next?

Follow our three-step plan to help you progress on your journey to comply with EPR regulations

Step 1:

Determine if you are above the threshold

Step 2:

Register with the DFFE and with a PRO OR establish your own EPR scheme

Step 3:

Ensure that your suppliers are registered

*“packaging” means any material, container or wrapping or corrugated cases, used for the containment, transport, handling, protection, promotion, marketing or sale of any product or substance, which may be primary packaging, containing the actual product or secondary or tertiary packaging, typically containing products already packaged in primary packaging but excludes:

  1. Shipping containers used solely for the transportation of any consumer commodity in bulk to manufacturers, packers or processors or to wholesale or retail distributors thereof;
  2. Packaging made of timber and textile; and
  3. Plastic pallets and industrial bulk containers with a capacity exceeding 1000 litres

Don’t miss the 5 November 2021 deadline.

We are ready to help.

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