Extended Producer Responsibility


Understanding Extended Producer Responsibility Laws in the USA I. Introduction (3 minutes) Definition of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Brief history and origins of EPR Overview of the course structure  II. The Concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (3 minutes) Key principles of EPR  The economic and environmental rationale for EPR The role of EPR in waste management and circular economy  III. Current State of EPR Laws in the USA (4 minutes) Federal level: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) State level: Diverse EPR laws across states Description of EPR sectors: packaging, electronics, batteries, pharmaceuticals, etc. IV. Case Studies of EPR Laws in the USA (4 minutes) E-Waste Recycling in California: The Electronic Waste Recycling Act  Pharmaceuticals Disposal in Washington State: Safe Drug Take-Back Act Packaging EPR in Maine: An Overview  V. Critiques and Challenges of EPR in the USA (3 minutes) Variations in EPR laws across states    Challenges in implementing EPR: Stakeholder engagement, regulatory gaps, etc. Critiques: Effectiveness, fairness, and potential downsides of EPR  VI. The Future of EPR Laws in the USA (2 minutes) Potential changes and evolution of EPR laws in the US Role of businesses, policymakers, and consumers in driving the changes VII. Conclusion and Key Takeaways (1 minute) Summary of the main points Final thoughts on the role of EPR in sustainable production and consumption  
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Course level:Intermediate
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Last Updated:August 4, 2023