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Fashion chains must collect discarded clothing

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 July 2023

What changes?

Are you a textile manufacture or importer? You will be co-responsible for managing waste of the products you market. This is called producer responsibility.

An extended producer responsibility (EPR) for textiles will be introduced. This means that manufacturers of clothing will be responsible for the collecting, recycling, reusing and waste phase of the products they bring to market. Manufacturers will also be responsible for the costs of the logistics of the system.

Currently municipalities are responsible for the collecting and costs of managing end-of-life textiles from their residents. With the introduction of EPR it will the manufacturer’s responsibility. They will pay for the waste management. Fashion chains will be responsible for collecting and recycling of discarded clothing.

The EPR will apply to all parties marketing clothes on the Dutch market. This is also the case for work clothing. Small entrepreneurs will be exempted.

For whom?

  • manufacturers and importers of clothing and occupational (work) clothing
  • fashion chains
  • textile (waste) collectors


The Extended Producer Responsibility EPR (Uitgebreide producentenverantwoordelijkheid, UPV) for textiles is expected to enter into force in 1 July 2023.

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant(Governement Gazette, in Dutch).

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