Stichting UPV Textiel will focus on the development and implementation of the EPR basic requirements until 2025 to meet the legally imposed objectives of the EPR for Textiles Decree. In outline, the setting up of the EPR Textile system is as follows:

Developing and building together

To set up at a realistic and cost-effective system, dozens of participants in working groups are actively involved in developing the principles of the textile management structure needed to achieve the objectives. In this way, the market helps determine what works for the sector, is effective and affordable. The aim is to align the structure to be formed with the existing textile collection and processing infrastructure of municipalities, recycling shops, retailers and companies with return logistics. These working groups focus on themes such as the blueprint of the system, communication & campaign, innovation and eco-modulation.

Framework agreement

The foundation has started exploratory talks with several chain partners including Vereniging Herwinning Textiel (VHT), Branchevereniging Kringloop Nederland (BKN), Vereniging Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG) and NVRD (Dutch municipalities and public companies). The aim is to reach agreements on opportunities to improve collection, sorting and recycling structures. These will be laid down in a Framework Agreement in spring 2024, which will form the basis for agreements with service providers to implement and monitor the collection, recycling and reuse of clothing and textiles.

Chain agreements

In the coming year, the foundation will further elaborate the Textile Management Structure. To this end, the foundation will conclude agreements with municipalities and implementing parties with agreements on accreditation scheme, quality and monitoring and possible fees. This is necessary to clarify the execution costs and incorporate them in the provisional Textile Management Fee 2025.

General Binding Declaration (GBD)

With sufficient market coverage, the foundation will apply for a General Binding Declaration in early 2024. This will ensure that all suppliers and importers who market products in our country will contribute and a level playing field is maintained.

Transition to circular textile chain

EPR is a building block for working together to drive the circular textile chain towards 2050. In the coming years, producers will work to realise the transition to a circular textile sector in 2025 (in line with Dutch and European policies) and with a focus on good production conditions for people, animals and the environment. Circular includes, among other things, applying post consumer recycled textiles in new textiles, stimulating the design and production of recyclable textiles, ensuring that textiles can be (re)used for longer and improving the traceability of textiles.