05 February 2021
Sweden will introduce extended producer responsibility legislation for clothing and textiles as of January 2022
As of 1st of January 2022, Sweden will introduce extended producer responsibility legislation for clothing and textiles, becoming the second country in Europe to do so.
In general, extended producer responsibility is an initiative that helps add all the environmental costs associated with a product during its life cycle to the market price of that product.
The new EPR legislation is to be phased in several years. The first phase will start with licensed textile collections, which are set to begin on the 1st of January 2024. By 2028, the Swedish authorities hope that at least 90% of textile waste which they will collect will be reused or sent for material recovery.
The Swedish government's new EPR legislation covers plenty of textile materials that consumers typically use and then dump in the landfill. More precisely, the EPR legislation applies to clothes, household textiles, and bags and accessories. Plus, starting 2024, all Swedish citizens and businesses that produce textile waste will have to separate textile waste from other rubbish as required by the law.
Extended producer responsibility legislation to be introduced in Sweden starting 2022