Duncan Simpson 
Duncan Simpson Associates

Duncan Simpson is an experienced and knowledgeable professional with over 25 years’ experience in the resources, waste and environmental sustainability field. He has direct knowledge and understanding of the challenges and working practice in the public and private sectors.

He has key account managed some of the UK's top FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods) businesses during a long and extensive career at compliance scheme Valpak. Over his 22 years in the business, he took on a number of roles and was a member of the company Executive for 15 years. His skills have been used to maintain a professional and responsive business service for producer responsibility issues and all things green. He has held a number of positions on expert panel advisory groups, brings an extensive network of experts and practitioners, valuable contributions to business ideas and is seen as a safe pair of hands.

Training: 3rd Nov 20 | 2pm
Workshop: 4th Nov 20 | 2pm
Course tutor:
Training: £95 (+VAT)
Training + workshop: £140 (+VAT) 

PRNs & EPR Reform

2 hour training and additional 1.5 hour workshop

Training - 3rd November 2020

This session is suitable for anyone who wishes to understand how the producer responsibility system was designed and how it works today.

The tutor will take you through the history of the regulations, beginning with some of the first Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation to be compiled at a European and UK level. Attendees will be led through their responsibilities, the roles of the key stakeholders, and shown links to key resources, as well as the sources of the data which dictates how the system works each year.

The session will build slowly from the history of the regulations and the rise of the concept of producer responsibility to the key principles under which the original regulations and PRN system were designed. The host will drill down into the details of how producers calculate their obligations and what’s required to become an accredited reprocessor or exporter of packaging, thereby achieving the right to issue evidence of recycling.

It will unpack the market mechanisms designed to deliver cost effective compliance with the regulations, helping you to understand the demand and supply side of this model.

Finally, the tutor will discuss the shortfalls of the system alongside the benefits. These will be sat in the context of the proposed reform of the EPR system for packaging.

Whether you’re new to the regulations, wish to understand them a little more, or seek a solid grounding in the existing system to inform your views on the new proposals for EPR in the UK, this is the course for you.

Packaging EPR Reform Workshop - 4th November 2020

The Packaging EPR Reform workshop will demystify the key principles of EPR reform. It will discuss the design principles of the original packaging regulations and system, alongside the main protagonists and their roles and responsibilities.

With the basics established, the session will address the proposals for reforming the system and the main points expected to be consulted on in early 2021. It will cover the Environment Bill and the critical role its passage plays in EPR Reform, as well as many of the points raised under article 8a of the Waste Framework Directive. The points addressed will play a significant role in any assessment of the existing and new EPR systems planned for the UK.

Article 8a applies to all existing and future EPR systems, and a number of these points will be considered under the reviews of current systems for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Portable Batteries. These reviews are likely to be delivered with a lighter touch, but the principles remain the same across legislation.

The workshop will cover the principles of meeting Full Net Costs, consistent collections, consumer campaigns and modulated fee systems. It represents an opportunity to hear from experts, ask questions and prepare for the upcoming consultations.  

The proposed legislation has the potential to impact consumer behaviour, the costs of EPR for retailers, producers and consumers. There have been calls from within the industry and outside for greater transparency and accountability, for more materials to be reprocessed in the UK and for higher quality recycling.

Taking part in the workshop, listening to the proposals, asking questions and considering what you’ve learnt are great first steps towards shaping your view on the proposals. The workshop will help you to develop what you may say in the upcoming consultations and those of the future.