Extended Producer Responsibility
In a recent report that explored the EPR systems in Germany, Belgium, and Canada provide and excellent model for an efficient and effective policy for the United States. The U.S. generates more waste than any other country in the world but recycles less than many other developed countries. There is still time to turn this around and continue to be a good example of responsibility and sustainability.
We have a responsibility as both users and producers to create sustainable resources to better our quality of life and shift our attitudes regarding the environment and its longevity. It’s simple, with EPR, the producer of particular products is responsible for managing the life-cycle of materials of the packaging. A policy that ensures this responsibility would create a positive incentive among the producers of packaging and would incorporate more efficient reuse and recycling laws.