Promoting Extended Product Responsibility in the United States; A Nonregulatory Strategy.
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Extended product responsibility EPR is a rapidly emerging concept encompassing a set of practices that promote responsible use of resources and minimize solid waste generation, disposal costs, and contributions to diminishing landfill space. Product takeback, the most prominent category of EPR, is being aggressively implemented by European and Asian nations. Consequently, U.S. manufacturers are actively developing programs to meet the requirements and are developing design protocols often referred to as Design for Environment or DIE that make products more amenable to recycling, refurbishing, etc. The United States lacks a national commitment to EPR practices. This report identifies and analyzes the policies and practices the federal government can implement to encourage the adoption of product takeback and DIE via the development of a national EPR strategy and to facilitate industry development and operation of EPR programs via direct government participation. Recommendations are presented for policymakers and property managers.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control