The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has issued a reminder to businesses to complete Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) paperwork before the end of May deadline so as to avoid risking financial penalties.

All UK businesses that produce or use packaging are required to enrol on the government’s EPR scheme, which looks to encourage businesses to use less packaging by ensuring that they are financially responsible for the cost of its disposal. 

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), of the 5,200 businesses that have enrolled, around 2,000 have not yet registered the necessary data, while around 1,000 still have not enrolled in the database.

Businesses are required to enrol and report their packaging data by May 31 2024. 

Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA, called on drinks producers to complete the necessary paperwork ahead of this deadline: “We don’t want anyone in our industry to be caught out by failing to comply with their packaging obligations. 

“It is important that everyone puts this firmly on their to do list before the May 31 deadline to avoid being penalised.”

EPR will be implemented in October 2025. Defra is set to announce the cost of the fees later this year. Packaging data can be submitted online.