On 10 April 2024 the European Parliament approved the text of the recast Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. Of particular relevance to pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, the recast Directive will introduce new extended producer responsibility (“EPR”)[1] obligations in respect of micropollutants from their products that end up in the urban wastewater stream. Background The EU’s Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (the “Directive”) has been in place since 1991 and aims to protect human health and the environment…