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About Producer Responsibility

What is Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) (also called “Producer Takeback”) is a product and waste management system in which manufacturers – not the consumer or government – take responsibility for the environmentally safe management of their product when it is no longer useful or discarded.

When manufacturers take responsibility for the recycling of their own products they:

• Use environmentally safer materials in the production process

• Consume fewer materials in the production process

• Design the product to last longer and be more useful

• Create safer recycling systems

• Are motivated to keep waste costs down

• No longer pass the cost of disposal to the government and the taxpayer

Do we have Producer Responsibility in the US?

Some companies are taking responsibility voluntarily for their old products. While we don’t have a national policy requiring producer responsibility, many States are passing laws requiring it within their states. Learn more about state legislation.

Resources on Extended Producer Responsibility

The Smoldering Trash Revolt

by Melissa Burns, Jan 21, 2010. Miller McCune Magazine

Recycling is leveling off, trash is piling up and cities are broke. In a throwaway society, who should pay for waste disposal?

This article explains why governments and other advocates are turning to producer takeback as a strategy for managing toxic products.  Read article