Everyone Wins with Market Based EPR Recycling Programs for Packaging USAPosted on January 15, 2015 by DrRossH in Stewardship Waste Programs
During the last few years, extended producer responsibility (EPR) has ignited the imagination of recycling professionals and advocates who have sought a policy solution that addresses unmet needs in the private and environmental sectors for packaging and printed paper waste. Recycling in the U.S. has not met its potential. National recycling rates have not exceeded 34 percent, while other industrialized countries recycle twice that percentage. U.S. recycling programs are inconsistent and vary in quality, allowing valuable resources to end up in landfills, be incinerated or blow away into water sources. Our current recycling system is not keeping pace with supply and demand. Additional public funds to enhance and expand recycling are in short supply.
EPR is the way forward with all parties being involved in the reclaiming of waste materials and reducing landfill waste and litter. Producers have to start to realise they are part of this solution too.