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Producer responsibility is a key element of the circular economy

In societies based on a circular economy all materials and substances are valuable and have a genuine value. This also applies when products have become waste. The transition to a more circular economy not only holds a huge potential for the environment, but also for the competitiveness of Danish businesses.

Producer responsibility pays off

Circular economy is about creating sustainable growth. It is about using our natural resources and designing products in a way that extracted raw materials are used in a respectful manner and as many times as possible. They should not end up in a landfill, but in a new product. Therefore, an efficient organisation of your producer responsibility may be profitable from a resource point of view, and thereby also from an economic angle.

The idea behind passing on the responsibility for certain product streams – also at the end of their useful life – to those businesses that produce or sell the products is to establish an incentive to develop more environment-friendly and recyclable products, allowing the contained materials to enter into new production cycles.

Take-back of your products

Producer responsibility gives the opportunity to all end-users to discard their end-of-life products free of charge, be it electronics, batteries, or vehicles. Thereby, producers and importers can retrieve the material resources from the products to incorporate them into new production or sell them to the recycling or raw materials industries.

 

Two key elements

If you are not familiar with the above terms you may start here.

National register

First, all businesses that wish legally to sell electronics, batteries, or vehicles must register in the national producer register of the relevant country. In Denmark the producer register is found in DPA.

Reporting

Another key element of the producer responsibility system is the duty to report. Two aspects decide who has the duty to register and report annually – thereby having the producer responsibility in the Member State:

    1. Type of product
    2. Business’s role in the market

Identify your business

 

Producer, importer, and distance selling

Legislation covers:

  • All producers and importers who wish to sell electronics, batteries, or vehicles in Denmark.
  • All producers, importers and other commercial enterprises selling in-scope products in their own name or brand.
  • All businesses in other EU Member States or in non-EU countries that sell directly to end-users in Denmark through distance selling or on the internet.

Dealer or distributor

If you buy your electronic products, batteries, or vehicles from a Danish supplier, your business does NOT have producer responsibility and you must not make a registration. In return, you must make sure that the supplier you deal with has taken on their responsibility in Denmark, since otherwise it is not legal to buy their products.

Producer register

Approved businesses

In the public part of the producer register you can search out businesses assuming their producer responsibility and thereby approved for placing electronics, batteries, or vehicles on the market in Denmark.

Search out approved businesses

Shortcuts

Products

See which products are covered by producer responsibility

Registration

See why a registration is necessary and how to proceed

Reporting

See the purpose of the annual reporting 1 January – 31 March

Economy

See information about fees and fee rates etc.

Compliance schemes

See information about Authorised representative and collective vs individual compliance schemes

Municipalities and collection sites

See more about the municipalities’ role in the producer responsibility system

Allocation

See more about allocation of waste collected by the municipalities and collection sites

Other players

See the large number of other players that are involved in the producer responsibility system in various ways

Other EU registers

See other EU registers and European exchange of experience and harmonisation (EWRN)

Legislation

See EU legislation and Danish implementation as well as product-specific regulation

History and purpose

See the background of the establishment of the producer register and DPA