EPR Means Efficient Packaging

“Companies are finding that using less complex packaging helps cut sourcing, energy production and distribution and fuel costs across the supply chain.”

This article from the Sustainable Business Forum highlights a key part of what VT’s EPR legislation would accomplish. Efficiency in packaging is a: Win-Win-Win.  For the environment, for manufacturers and suppliers, and for consumers.

CA looks to EPR to boost recycling rates

CalRecycle is concerned that when the economy recovers, the state’s recycling effort will be challenged, as strong economies generally result in more waste generation.

To prepare for this challenge, and to strengthen the state’s recycling commitment CalRecycle says that it is actively working on measures to expand commercial recycling, increase recycling of the largest components of the waste stream, and further policies such as extended producer responsibility.

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EPR could revolutionize North American green business practices

A recycling program called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) which has been popular in Europe for quite some time is starting to gain traction in the United States, and it could start a revolution in green business while diverting tons of recyclables from landfills.

The concept puts the onus of recycling costs back on the businesses who are creating the products, which in turn makes it in the company’s best interests to make the least wasteful designs and become as sustainable as possible. The most common place for EPR to be put in effect is with bottle producers (like pop bottles). So far, 10 states have enacted EPR laws that require bottle manufacturers to pay for the cost of collecting and recycling used pop bottles, in an effort to keep plastic out of landfills.

(Read the rest from GreenerIdeal.com)

Lawmakers Hear the Facts About Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Did you know?

  • Waste generation in Vermont is up 34% since 1987, while recycling is no where near the 50% goal set by Act 78.
  • Keeping waste out of landfills creates jobs and they pay better than redemption center jobs.
  • Bottle bills are a very expensive way to recover a relatively small amount of material.

These are just a few of the facts the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources heard from expert testimony on Thursday, April 21.

First they saw a sample of some of the things that currently end up in VT landfills but would be recycled under H218, The Extended Producer Responsibility Act.

Hear all of Andrew MacLean’s introductory remarks here.

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Ted Siegler, of DSM Environmental Services, testified about the history of solid waste management and recycling in Vermont. His presentation also showed that the EPR system would focus on efficient recycling for more materials.

Hear all of Ted Siegler’s testimony here.

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Extended Producer Responsibility: VT Leading the Way Once Again

H.218 would put financial responsibility for recycling on producers

Experts from Canada, Massachusetts, and Vermont will testify on Thursday morning on H.218, the Extended Producer Responsibility bill in the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would be a structural change to Vermont’s recycling system, putting the financial burden on the producers who sell products in the state of Vermont. The committee has been taking testimony for the past few weeks. The bill is not expected to pass this year; however, the committee has identified the necessity of addressing our plateaued recycling rates. The bill’s lead sponsors are Reps. Margaret Cheney (D-Norwich), Sarah Edwards (P/D-Brattleboro), and Dave Sharpe (D-Bristol).

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