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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-epr-interesting/

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of EPR for these materials controlled by stewardship associations dominated by the largest consumer product corporations has been challenged by innovative new policies established by the Berkeley Zero Waste Commission and the City Council, and new policy recommendations by the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association.  The latter call for local government control over EPR initiatives. One of the reasons for this reconsideration of EPR has been the roll out of corporate dominated stewardship in British Colombia, Canada which threatens the established recycling and reuse infrastructure. In RI and MN, proposed corporate run EPR programs for paper and packaging have been rejected.

Do we want this kind of market and political dysfunction in the U.S.?

This recent article in the Surrey Leader newspaper in British Columbia outlines the local business rejection of the BC EPR program.

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About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is the Director of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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