Coalition forms for extended producer responsibility

Posted on April 28, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Plastics News – Coalition forms for extended producer responsibility.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is the way to go for future management of plastic waste, especially for disposable plastic items.

For too long manufactures have had free reign to produce whatever and whenever they like irregardless of the consequences to our health and the environment.  This would be considered irresponsible by them and irresponsible by the economy to let this go on.  Now look at the level of plastic waste solution we have around the world and still spiralling down.   The only way to lessen this is to bring in EPR in various forms that financially encourage manufacturers to;

1) Produce less plastic, use a biodegradable alternative, go back to paper and cardboard which is more than adequate for many products.
2) Be financially involved in getting the plastic waste caused by their products back to a recycling facility, such as a container deposit scheme for example which works extremely well for plastic bottles.  A CDS will take plastic bottle recycling from under 10% to over 80% in a few months.
3) Use recycled plastic in their products rather than new plastic all the time.
4) Help incentivise the public to recycle rather than trash their waste.  For example a CDS again.