Best practices for new state EPR programs

The Product Stewardship Institute has released a new seven-page document that serves as a primer for governments looking to enact extended producer responsibility programs for electronics.

Currently 23 U.S. states have some form of EPR for electronics, covering a range of different products and measuring the effectiveness of the EPR programs in several different ways. PSI is looking for a way to educate state governments on what works and what doesn’t in this patchwork quilt of laws and legislation through the new ‘best practices’ document.

“EPR laws for electronics have boosted the recycling of scrap electronics, recovered precious materials that were being wasted, and created thou-sands of recycling jobs while saving governments millions of dollars. Each law is different, however, and some laws have resulted in higher recycling rates and more efficient collection and recycling infrastructure,” according to the document.

PSI lays out a primer of sorts for new EPR programs, discussing the pros and cons of opting for a program that has, for example, a limited number of covered electronic devices compared to one that accepts a broader range of products.

The document also gives tips on how to best fund a program and how to confront certain challenges, such as developing a list of manufacturers who sell products within the state who would have EPR obligations and responsibilities under the new law.

PSI also discusses the need to use responsible, ethical recyclers such as those who have obtained the Responsible Recycling standard, when crafting state laws.

To read the document, click here.

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