Building a Circular Economy for Packaging: A View from the Consumer Goods Industry on Optimal Extended Producer Responsibility

Year of Publication

2020

This paper reflects the view of the leading manufacturers and retailers of consumer packaged goods on the guiding principles and key design parameters of such optimal EPR programmes.

Source:

The Consumer Goods Forum

Author(s):

Geography:

Global

Type:

Solution Sets

Purpose of Measurement:

Solution Sets and Impact Potential, Monitoring and Evaluation

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows

To progress towards a circular economy, the performance of waste management and recycling systems throughout the world needs to urgently improve. Leading manufacturers and retailers of consumer packaged goods, believe that Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programmes for packaging can accelerate this progress and provide critical and effective support to recycling, particularly when the right
conditions are in place for a given market. This paper reflects the view on the guiding principles and key design parameters of such optimal EPR programmes. It supports a proactive stance across the industry to deliver constructive recommendations when such programmes are being pursued or developed while fostering pre-competitive collaboration at the local level.