Extended Producer Responsibility 101

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage that product’s lifecycle. (Definition via OECD)

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Sprint Offers $5K to Students Who Find Innovative Ways to Recycle Smartphones

Have a bright idea for a new way to recycle an old smartphone? This week, Sprint launched its first-ever Smartphone Encore Challenge that…
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Unilever Zero-Waste Program Saves Over $225 Million While Creating Jobs

Unilever has announced that all of its factories have achieved the company’s goal of zero waste -- saving millions of dollars while creating…
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Report: Food Industry Needs to Take Responsibility for Its Packaging Waste

Nearly a third of the United States’ solid waste stream is product packaging – a Capri Sun drink pouch, a Starbucks coffee cup…
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The Tyranny of Distance: Reconciling Extended Producer Responsibility with Global Transportation

Whether driven by the business case, ethics or legislation, product take-back promotes the practice of recycling, lifecycle assessment and design for durable reuse…
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Carpet Recycling Jumps 52 Percent in 2013

Fourteen percent of carpet was recycled into new products or used to produce energy last year – rather than buried in landfills –…
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Electronic Industry Doubles E-Waste Collection in 2013

The U.S. consumer electronics industry set a new record for electronic waste recycling in 2013, according to a new report. Electronics manufacturers and…
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Colgate-Palmolive Commits to Recyclable Packaging

Colgate-Palmolive recently committed to making 100 percent of its packaging fully recyclable for three of four product categories by 2020.
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Can California Make Drug Manufacturers Pay for Take-back?

Leftover prescription and over-the-counter drugs flushed down the toilet or tossed in the garbage can end up in oceans and waterways, polluting the…
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General Mills Shareholders Reject Producer Responsibility Recycling Strategies

Environmental advocates say they are disappointed that General Mills shareholders have rejected a resolution that would have led to the company's adoption of…
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PhoneBloks Aims to Eliminate the Annual Upgrade

The idea behind Phonebloks, a phone that is made up of detachable blocks, each of which contains an upgradeable functional module, is that…
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Shareholders at Procter and Gamble Question Packaging Waste

The largest maker of packaged goods in the world, Procter and Gamble, held a shareholder vote on adopting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies…
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How Extended Producer Responsibility Can Boost Recycling Rates

Producers are facing pressure from the public sector and customers to take responsibility for recycling their products. Here's why we have to continue…
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There’s Gold in Them Thar Circuits

Why go running off, to dig deep underground at great environmental cost for gold, when there is plenty of it above ground, waiting…
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Coca-Cola Stoops to Corporate Bullying Against SodaStream

Coca-Cola has threatened SodaStream with a cease and desist letter in South Africa. The controversy started from SodaStream's display of cages full of…
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Starbucks, Stonyfield Paying Their Own Recycling Tabs

Starbucks and Stonyfield are among the growing number of companies in the United States that are fronting more of the costs of their…