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Under the producer responsibility system any person wishing to produce or sell certain products must take the responsibility for the product in its entire lifetime. In Danish Producer Responsibility (DPA), we administer the rules on producer responsibility for electrical equipment, batteries, and vehicles, as well as the Danish system for car scrapping. The producer responsibility is administered through our digital and statutory registers.

Visit us or our systems to do the following:

  • Your business must register if you wish to sell your products legally.
  • You can scrap your car and get a scrapping premium.
  • Your municipality can order collection equipment for end-of-life electronics and batteries to be used at your recycling centres.
  • If you are an environmental authority, a student, or a journalist you can find statistical information and knowledge about compliance with current environmental targets.
  • All of you can get access to guidelines and information if you wish to know more about environmental legislation, producer responsibility, and circular economy.

We are the organisation that develops and operates IT systems for the treatment of data and dissemination of knowledge supporting us in the transition to a sustainable and circular resource economy.

 

 

Independent organisation

We are an independent not-for-profit organisation established under the Danish Environmental Protection Act. The Ministry of Environment has delegated several assignments to DPA. We provide general guidance about the rules relating to producer responsibility, and we are authorised to decide whether your business is covered by producer responsibility and whether a scrapping premium can be paid for your car.

It’s all about the environment

The rules on producer responsibility take offset in environmental considerations and aim to limit the quantity of waste from end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment, batteries, and vehicles. On the one hand, the objective is to invite producers to produce environment-friendlier products and on the other hand to increase recycling, recovery, and other forms of utilisation of the resources contained in the end-of-life products.

Further information

Our top management consists of a Board with eight members appointed by the Minister for the Environment on recommendation from seven industry associations. The Chairman is appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

DPA Board 2021:

  • Ole Sohn, (Chairman)
  • Karin Klitgaard, Deputy Director, Confederation of Danish Industry, (Vice-Chair)
  • Frederik Madsen, Manager, Association of Danish Manufacturers and Importers of Dry Batteries
  • Gunni Mikkelsen, Technical Director, Danish Car Importers Association
  • Henrik Egede, Director, APPLiA Denmark
  • Henrik Hyltoft, Market Director, Danish Chamber of Commerce
  • Klaus Bach Thomsen, Director, FABA
  • Lone Hjort Mikkelsen, Senior Advisor, Green Transition Denmark, Danish Consumer Council

The daily management of DPA is assumed by Managing Director Johnny Bøwig who is appointed by the Board.

In pursuance of the Danish Environmental Protection Act we have in DPA various competences in relation to the administration of the rules on producer responsibility; they are translated in the DPA statutes and in the Cooperation agreement between DPA and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

Further information:

Cooperation agreement between DPA and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency

DPA interplays with many different players.

The players affected by the rules on producer responsibility are on the one hand producers and importers, their compliance schemes, their distributors, and consumers and on the other hand local authorities, hauliers, and reprocessors of end-of-life products. Each of these players has obligations to comply with in pursuance of the law.

Read more about the different players

In DPA we publish an annual report describing our activities in the preceding year and following up on the general statutory framework conditions. In addition, we describe cost distribution, fee structure, and annual accounts associated with the producer responsibility for electrical equipment, batteries, and vehicles, including the administration of the scrapping premium system.

Our annual reports are certified by the DPA management/Board and an internal auditor.

All annual reports can be searched out here

Read the latest annual report

The idea behind the producer responsibility for selected product groups is based on the polluter-pays-principle – a key element in the first EU Environment Action Programme.

The concept of producer responsibility as a regulatory tool was introduced by a Swedish professor in environmental economics. More than two decades back Thomas Lindhqvist of the University of Lund in Sweden invented the expression Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).

The EPR targets were twofold:

Firstly, the aim was to tackle the growing problem of steeply increasing waste arisings and secondly, to stimulate environmentally aware product design and management of the supply chain. Back then, Lindhqvist defined EPR as an environmental strategy that makes producers responsible for their products in their entire life cycle.

Producer responsibility entails a shift of responsibility (administrative, financial, or physical) from national or local governments to producers along with an incentive for producers to take the environment into consideration in the design and production stages. EPR seeks to attain a reduction in the environmental impacts of products in their entire lifetime from production to the end of their useful life.

WEEE, BAT, ELV

These abbreviations are short for electronics, batteries, and vehicles. In the EU, a producer responsibility system is mandatory under the WEEE, Battery. and ELV Directives; these directives place the responsibility for financing of collection, reuse, and responsible disposal of WEEE, batteries, accumulators, and vehicles on the producers.

…and packaging and….

The Packaging Directive also sets out the EPR principle indirectly by asking Member States to take the necessary precautions ensuring that systems are established for the collection and recycling of packaging waste. Further waste streams widely subjected to producer responsibility in EU member countries are tyres, waste oil, paper and board, and construction and demolition waste. However, some member countries have introduced even more mandatory or voluntary producer responsibility systems, including agricultural plastics, pharmaceutical waste, plastic bags, photo chemicals and chemicals, newsprint, refrigerants, pesticides and herbicides, and lamps, bulbs, and luminaires.

A new era: Circular economy

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CVR number: DK29028842
Bank: Danske Bank, Holmens Kanal 2, DK-1090 Copenhagen K

Account: 4183-3001879154
IBAN: DK7630003001879154
SWIFT: DABADKKK

Payment due: 14 days

Our systems

Producer register

We are operating the national producer register for electronics, vehicles, and batteries. If you are a producer or an importer of in-scope products, this is where you must register to legally sell your products in Denmark.

Digital disbursement system for scrapping premium (DUS)

This is the system through which citizens and businesses can get a scrapping premium for their end-of-life vehicle - in short DUS. Here, car owners can find approved car breakers when they need to scrap their car. DUS is also the place to go to, when you want to have a scrapping premium of DKK 2,200 - you find it through borger.dk or virk.dk.

Reporting of environmental treatment of vehicles

Car breakers have their own reporting system. If you are approved for dismantling and scrapping of end-of-life vehicles, this is the place to report annually how you have environmentally treated the scrapped cars.

Local authority register with DPA

All local authorities and certain municipal waste management companies have access to DPA’s local authority register of collection sites. This is because the local authorities are responsible for establishing the collection sites where citizens can drop their waste, and where the operators of the compliance schemes must provide collection units corresponding to the seven electronics categories + portable batteries.