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.

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