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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Closed Loop Fund Reveals First Recycling Investments, But Will There Be Impact?

The Closed Loop Fund announced the first three investments that it claims will increase recycling rates and reduce the annual $5 billion that…

Best Buy’s Electronics Recycling Freeriders

Best Buy is gambling that you'll stay and shop after you drop off used electronics. But is the big-box retailer covering all the…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…