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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Best Buy: E-Waste Take-Back is Excellent Customer Service

Best Buy’s electronics take-back and recycling program is self-subsidizing but “barely profitable.” So, why does the electronics retail giant stay in the business…
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CVS Wants to Help Cities Safely Dispose of Old Medications

Between 10 and 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold are left unconsumed, and all those leftover medications pose significant risks…
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Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility…
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Where Do Mobile Phones Go When They Die?

As a society, we need to ask the hard questions about whether the e-waste we create is handled in a manner that we…
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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…