CRADLE2 Packaging Platform – June 2013

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy approach puts accountability for packaging waste onto the companies that design and use packaging.  Producers are required to finance the collection of their packaging materials, and ensure that they are reused or recycled.  When implemented properly, producer responsibility can substantially increase recycling rates, incentivize producers to reduce the amount of packaging they use, reduce energy use, and reclaim billions of dollars of embedded value being buried in landfills or burned in waste incinerators.  It is a cornerstone policy among a suite of policy tools to drive the more sustainable use of resources and reduction of toxic materials in commerce.

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