Is EPR an answer to compostable packaging’s contamination and labeling hurdles?

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Extended producer responsibility laws can and should encompass compostable packaging, industry players at a recent Product Stewardship Institute webinar said.

In My Opinion: EPR takeaways from OECD meeting

Read the full story at Resource Recycling.

In September, I was invited to join a stakeholder consultation meeting organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Washington D.C. The objective was to assess the performance of the U.S. EPA in addressing the environmental – and, especially environmental justice – impacts of plastic, which pollutes our coasts and oceans worldwide. Participants were also asked to recommend initiatives that the EPA could take to further reduce impacts.

To reduce trash, some states charge the companies producing it

Read the full story at Stateline.

Municipalities and waste managers around the country are raising the alarm about limited landfill capacity, and some see Extended Producer Responsibility policies as a piece of the puzzle.

A Legal pot problem that’s now plaguing the streets of America: Plastic litter

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

Waste packaging from a burgeoning and newly legalized marijuana industry litters streets across the country, adding to a global crisis of plastic waste.

In New York, regulators who are making the state’s first-ever rules for the retail sale of recreational marijuana hope they have answers to limit their state’s contribution to the problem. They’ve been working to include sustainable packaging requirements into the licenses that businesses will need to open by the end of this year.

However, at least one prominent environmental advocate fears New York—and other states grappling with a new and booming industry—aren’t requiring enough producer responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products.

With more solar panels entering the US waste stream, EPR policy and standards emerge

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

A Northeast Recycling Council webinar covered how manufacturing and standards must converge to handle this growing material stream.

Why I support regulating my industry

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Packaging EPR laws represent a critical lever to improving the packaging supply chain.

EPR can drive solutions for flexible packaging recovery

Read the full story at Packaging World.

Extended producer responsibility offers the potential to increase material recovery rates and streamline waste management, especially for hard-to-recycle flexible packaging materials.

What’s next for extended producer responsibility: An update from Colorado

On June 2, 2022, Colorado’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill, HB 22-1355, was signed, setting forth the motion to improve the state’s 15 percent recycling rate. Recycle Colorado’s 2022 Summit for Recycling in Aurora was packed with attendees from across the state.

Resa Dimino, managing partner at SignalFire Group and managing principal at Resource Recycling Systems, wrote a two-part series about the law and its impact. In part 1, she spoke to attendees about the nuances of EPR and what it might mean for producers. In part 2, she discussed the basics of how states can implement EPR programs, starting with legislation.

Producers need to start getting ready for the UK’s EPR packaging regulations

Read the full story at Bakery and Snacks.

The implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations in the UK has been delayed until 2024, but packaging data specialist Ecoveritas is cautioning producers to not be complacent and to start making plans now.

Webinar: Powering up for battery EPR

Sep 14, 2022, 11:30 am CDT
Register here.

Single-use and rechargeable batteries power many products, including phones, toys, and tools. Global efforts to stabilize our climate have resulted in an increased use of electric vehicles, scooters, and bikes, as well as the batteries that power them. Lithium batteries, in particular, are proliferating – and explosions and fires at waste management facilities have increased accordingly. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) for batteries is an effective solution to prevent fires and environmental contamination, recover valuable minerals, reduce greenhouse gases, and create recycling jobs. During the webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • Successes and challenges related to the only single-use and rechargeable battery EPR law in the United States that also addresses battery-containing products, and how it compares to a long-standing battery EPR law in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Current practices and proposed revisions to the European Union Battery Directive.
  • PSI’s model battery EPR legislation and the emerging policy innovations based on best practices in the United States and beyond.