PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP AND EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY
"Product stewardship is a policy that ensures that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts, with producers bearing primary financial responsibility. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a central tenet of product stewardship, is a policy approach in which the producer’s responsibility for their product extends to the post-consumer management of that product and its packaging." Product Stewardship Institute, website.
Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are often used to describe a management system for products that includes stakeholders involved in creating, using, and disposing of a product. Consumer products commonly targeted for this system are usually those that are being recycled or disposed by communities using taxpayer dollars. Examples include out-dated, unused, or broken electronics; mercury containing products; unwanted medicines; plastic packaging; carpeting and more. These products are a financial burden and environmental concern if they are mishandled due to their volume (high cost of disposal resulting in illegal dumping and litter) or hazardous components as is the case of disposed electronics, unwanted medicines and mercury-containing products. Through product stewardship, product designers, manufacturers, and retailers have the ability to increase the product or packaging reuse and recyclability as well as reduce volume and toxicity of products. They are engaged in developing economic, efficientm and safe management systems.
PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP RESOURCES
Other Product Stewardship Initiatives
Clothing and Textiles, Council for Textile Recycling
Telephone Directories, National Yellow Pages Opt-out Program