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WEBINAR: The State of the Art of Extended Producer Responsibility

| Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The nature of US discussions on EPR in general and for packaging have changed significantly in the past year. The California Product Stewardship determined to focus on EPR for toxic and hard to recycle materials. The Berkeley City Council and  the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association passed resolutions calling for public control rather than corporate control over EPR programs. The implementation of corporate controlled EPR in British Columbia and other Canadian provinces have provide revealing experiences for analysis.  During this period major US consumer goods corporations formed the Closed Loop Recycling Fund and the Recycling Partnership – new voluntary initiatives to provide loans and grants to communities for recycling.

What exactly is the role of EPR in the U S recycling movement?

On Wednesday, August 12, six experts came together to discuss the future of EPR in the US. This is a recording of that discussion.

Part 1: Presentations: Matt Prindiville and Neil Seldman

Part 2: Panelist Discussion: Dan Knapp, Mary Lou Van Deventer, Dick Lilly

Part 3: Panelist Q&A: Moderated by Maurice Sampson

The Webinar discusses the transition of thinking and practice of EPR for packaging. Neil Seldman, ILSR and Matt Prindiville, from UPSTREAM presents. Maurice Sampson, Niche Recycling and board member of Clean Water Action, moderates.

In addition to those presentations, the Webinar featured responses to the presentations by key participants in the national EPR dialogue: Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer, Urban Ore, and Dick Lilly, former Seattle Metropolitan Solid Waste Authority.