The “Polluter Pays” Principle: EPR & Product Stewardship

To create a sustainable waste management system by mandating recycling and composting of all solid waste, we must determine where accountability lies for the entire lifecycle of a product and its packaging. We can look to the Swedish model of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) where the manufacturer is accountable from production to disposal, or the approach of Product Stewardship where all parties from designer to disposer are universally responsible for the environmental footprint of a product.

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Check out the full article on ILSR to learn more about how manufacturers can take responsibility for their products and how EPR and product stewardship differ.

 

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