EPR – Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach under which producers are given a significant responsibility – financial and/or physical – for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer products. Assigning such responsibility could in principle provide incentives to prevent wastes at the source, promote product design for the environment and support the achievement of public recycling and materials management goals.For example, there are deposit return programs for single-use bottles in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania and Norway. These return programs provide a consistent source of clean secondary resin for use in new bottles.