An Introduction to Extended Producer Responsibility

A Complete Guide to Understanding and Complying with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) 

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach that makes producers responsible for the entire lifecycle of their products, including design, take-back, recycling, and final disposal. EPR policies are rapidly being established as a standard practice worldwide, impacting producers with additional reporting requirements and many new challenges, especially those with operations in multiple countries. These challenges are compounded by the frequency of updates to EPR policies, which can occur as often as every quarter.  

As EPR grows worldwide, producers must have the right knowledge and tools to ensure ongoing compliance with evolving policies and obligations. The purpose of this e-book is to educate readers about Extended Producer Responsibility, explain how it impacts producers in the supply chain, and provide a guide to understanding compliance obligations. 

While any type of product can fall within the scope of an EPR policy, this e-book will focus on three core areas: packaging, batteries, and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) or e-waste. Legislators have identified these areas as the most voluminous and toxic waste streams.

In this e-book, we will explore:

  • Defining EPR and what it means for producers
  • Challenges of EPR compliance  
  • EPR compliance in practice
  • How Source Intelligence’s EPR program can streamline the complexities of global EPR compliance 

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