EPR Fee Explained

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fee has been calculated in accordance with the requirements of the EPR regulations and the Lighting Sector Notice (No.43881), the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Sector Notice (No. 43880) and the Paper and Packaging Notice (No. 43882), and is based on the following material points:

  • Nett cost recovery including a differentiated rate per item category, of each product or class of product, which must be paid by a producer to fund extended producer responsibility schemes and is dependent on the following:

  a. weight of product

   b. ease of recyclability

   c. current demand for the material for recycling purposes

   d. costs for establishing a collection system for the identified products

   e. collection, transport, storage and treatment costs for separately collected waste

   f. administrative costs

   g. costs for public communication and awareness-raising (on waste prevention, separate collection, etc.)

   h. costs for the appropriate surveillance of the system (including auditing)

   i. less revenues from recycled material sales (if applicable)

  • The EPR fee will be reviewed annually based on the actual volume and collection performance.

How the EPR Fee is Determined

Nett cost recovery including a differentiated rate per item category, of each product or class of product, which must be paid by a producer to fund extended producer responsibility schemes and is dependent on the following:

Key Requirements
EPR Fees
  • Fee structure submitted to DFFE for concurrence
  • Must cover the period of November 2021 to December 2022
Financials
  • Annual financial plan and annual budget must be submitted to DFFE within Regulatory Time Frames
  • Administration costs are limited to: Salaries, overhead costs (e.g. rent & utilities), and information technology and system costs
Factors Influencing the Fee

Weight of the identified product

  • Assist with collection, transport and treatment costs
  • Needed for DFFE reporting

Ease of recyclability

  • Complexity of Product
  • Difficult to recycle – are specialised technologies required
  • The more difficult a material is to recycle or re-use, the higher the end-of-life processing cost becomes and the EPR fee is higher

Current demand for the material for recycling purposes

  • Can Materials/Components be used in the Circular Economy

Costs for establishing a collection system for the identified products

  • Convenience for consumers – Urban and Rural
  • Incorporate Municipalities into scheme – stepped approach
  • Integrate Informal Sector – Stepped approach

Collection, transport, storage and treatment costs for separately collected waste

  • Maintain existing Collection and transport systems
  • Maintain existing treatment facilities in South Africa

Administrative costs

Costs for public communication and awareness raising

  • Social Media and other digital and print media campaigns
  • Training and awareness campaigns

Costs for appropriate surveillance of the system

  • Track and Tracing | Waste Material Flows
  • Audits and Verification

Less revenue from recycled material sales

The EPR fee will be reviewed annually based on the actual volume and collection performance.

EPR Regulation Definitions

EPR Regulation Definitions

  • producer” means any person or category of persons or a brand owner who is engaged in the commercial manufacture, conversion, refurbishment or import of new and/or used products as identified by the Minister by Notice in the Government Gazette in terms of section 18(1) of the Act
  • producer responsibility organisation” means a not-for-profit organisation established by producers or any person operating in any of the industrial sectors covered in the Notices published in terms of the Act to support the implementation of their extended producer responsibility scheme and that represents collective producers;
  • Registration as per the requirement of the Regulations regarding extended producer responsibility (2020) for the Paper, packaging and some single use products sector, the lighting sector and the electrical and electronic equipment sector

Who is Obligated?

Products Covered

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A lamp is any of various devices producing artificial light, from an energy source, such as a direct or indirect electric current, oil or gas.

A light source is anything that makes light. Artificial light sources include lampposts and televisions. Without light sources we could not see the world around us, however not every object we can see is a light source.

A light fixture, light fitting, or luminaire is an electrical device used to create artificial light by use of an electric lamp. All light fixtures have a fixture body and a light socket to hold the lamp and allow for its replacement. Fixtures may also have a switch to control the light.

A laser light is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. The word "laser" is an acronym for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation".

Pixel lighting is used with digital controllers that allows the user to program and fully control individual LEDs or groups of LEDs, depending on the product. This granular level of control allows pixel products to produce a dazzling array of lighting effects and patterns, including video.

An LED is an electric light that produces light using light-emitting diodes.

Electrical and electronic equipment is defined as equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly, and includes equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields

For industrial, Commercial and Household Applications:

All types laser lighting and equipment

All types of pixel lighting

All types of street lighting, luminaires, fixtures, poles etc.

All types of automotive and aircraft lighting and luminaires

All types of UV lighting, insecticide and UV disinfection lighting

All types of lighting signage and advertising billboards made with lighting sources with fixtures

All types of stage lighting or photographic lighting and fixtures etc.

All types of lighting signal equipment

All types of lamp holders/equipment

All types of lighting luminaires and equipment

All types of decorative lighting

All Other lighting sources such as torches, headgear

All types of solar lighting or solar lanterns

All lamp types and sizes

Equipment, which is dependent upon, stores, converts, transmits or enables an electric current or Electromagnetic field and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields:

Large equipment (any external dimension more than 100cm)
Medium equipment (any external dimension between 50 and 100cm)
Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm)

For industrial, Commercial and Household Applications:

Aircraft lighting control consoles

Lighting control consoles

Printed circuit boards

Lighting cabling and connectors

Smart lighting equipment

Lighting switches and dimmers

Lighting control equipment

Lighting transformers and inverter equipment

Lighting control equipment and panels

Ballasts all types and starters

Lighting control equipment

Lighting control equipment

Lighting control equipment

Any other PRO accepted electronic and electrical equipment

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 packaging or tertiary packaging, typically containing products already packaged in primary packaging, but excludes—

  • 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;
  • packaging made of timber and textile; and
  • plastic pallets and industrial bulk containers with a capacity exceeding 1000 litres;

Paper means any substance made from wood pulp, rags, straw, or other fibrous material used for writing, printing, or as a wrapping material;

The Notice applies to waste which arises from the use by a consumer or an end-user of—

  1. paper & paper packaging material;
  2. plastic packaging;
  3. biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging;
  4. single-use plastic products;
  5. single-use compostable plastic products;
  6. single-use biodegradable plastic products;
  7. glass packaging; and
  8. metal packaging container