New EPR requirements for textiles in Latvia from July 2024 on

Due to the dramatic ecological impact of the textile industry, the extended producer responsibility (EPR) is increasingly becoming a focus of EU environmental policy. Starting from July 1, 2024, Latvia will implement a country-specific EPR law for textiles.

As previously reported in our newsletters, countries like Hungary, France, and the Netherlands have already introduced EPR laws and take back systems for textiles in recent years. These laws require producers, importers, distributors, etc., to pay recycling fees for disposing and recycling their products.

Latvia has now announced that an EPR take-back solution for textiles will come into effect on July 1, 2024. Obliged companies (including producers, importers, online retailers, etc.) that put textiles on the Latvian market will have to pay a new Natural Resource Tax (NRT) for their textiles. This tax is 0.5 EUR per kilogram of the affected products and finances the collective disposal and recycling of textiles.

By joining a Latvian EPR return system for textiles, the amount can be reduced – we can provide more detailed information to our customers if needed.

If you have any questions, you can always contact the Go4Recycling team.