EPR has many forms, the most prominent of which is “product take-back,” which requires companies to take back their products at the expiration of their useful lives. Product take-back began in Europe and has since spread. More than 30 countries have product takeback laws covering consumer electronics, electric appliances, office machinery, batteries, cars, tires, paper goods and construction materials, among others.
What Does the Future Hold for EPR?
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a broad concept that requires manufacturers to accept responsibility for environmental effects during the life cycle of their products, and to assume responsibility for the disposal of the products they sell.