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Fashion chains must collect discarded clothing

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versieEffective 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.

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 will enter into force on 1 July 2023.

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