Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation has been introduced in numerous state legislatures and in Congress. If written effectively, EPR programs will conserve natural resources, shift the cost of waste disposal from taxpayers to the companies that make packaging, create jobs in remanufacturing, and help ensure that environmental justice communities are not continuing to be dumped on.
However, the details really matter. Not all of the bills get the details right.
Come to this FREE class to learn about:
-Visible fees vs. internalized costs – the huge difference, why retailers hate visible fees, and what giving producers of visible fee money does to erode the drive for source reduction.
-How to ensure that Producer Responsibility Organizations meet goals, are transparent and are accountable and that states will enforce them doing so and have options they will use if they do not
-Ensuring waste reduction, reuse and refilling are encouraged, not just recycling.
-Avoiding a greater shift toward plastic packaging.
-Whether the laws should cover residential and commercial waste.
-Defining and dealing with chemical recycling/advanced recycling, pyrolysis, gasification, and combustion as means to manage plastics, organics, and other materials
-The need to fund government agencies that are overseeing the new programs.
…and other fun topics.
You will hear an overview of the issues and have an opportunity to pose questions.
Who should attend: Environmentalists, students, agency staff and legislative staff who are interested in doing a deep dive on EPR policies.
Questions? Contact Melissa Aguayo, US Member Engagement Officer, Break Free from Plastic at Melissa@breakfreefromplastic.org