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Producers and importers must collect discarded clothing

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versieEffective date: 1 July 2023

What has changed?

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

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

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

The EPR applies 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 has taken effect on 1 July 2023.

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