How to implement extended producer responsibility (EPR): A briefing for governments and businesses

Year of Publication

2020

This briefing proposes some suggestions for actions that governments and businesses in developing countries can take to begin the implementation of EPR systems.

Source:

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Author(s):

Emma Watkins, Susana Gionfra

Geography:

Global

Type:

Strategy, Measurement (System/Market/Tool)

Purpose of Measurement:

Assurances, Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Behavior Change, Climate, Oceans, Policy

This briefing proposes some suggestions for actions that governments and businesses in developing countries can take to begin the implementation of EPR systems. The extended producer responsibility (EPR) aims to ensure that product manufacturers are made financially responsible for various parts of the life cycle of their products, including take-back, recycling and final disposal at the end of their useful life. In this way, it aims to apply what is often referred to as the ‘polluter pays principle’. EPR is typically used for specific waste product streams such as small consumer electronics, packaging and batteries.