Proper management of household waste relies on the waste management sector to collect, transport, sort, and treat waste in coordination with local governments. Implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) adds additional stakeholders to this mix, and often requires adjustments to waste collection, sorting, and recycling. Arrangements between producers, local governments, waste haulers, materials recycling facilities, and recyclers can vary in EPR systems. With the transition to an EPR system comes needed funding and opportunities for innovation and business growth. In Europe, most regions expanded from single-stream to multi-stream recycling collection, and MRFs were upgraded with modernized equipment. Canada’s provinces with EPR have a range of system models, no two exactly alike. In the U.S., as momentum grows toward packaging EPR, stakeholders in the waste management sector are preparing for the transition.
In this webinar, speakers from all three perspectives will discuss their experiences regarding the transition to EPR, the challenges of a complex system with significant political attention, and the business development opportunities they continue to find.