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British Columbia EPR program hits 85% recovery rate

Published: July 20, 2021
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Sorted materials for recycling.

Recycle BC’s recent annual report noted a 90% recovery rate for paper, 52% for plastic, and 85% for metal. | pryzmat / Shutterstock

In 2020, a producer-funded system for paper and packaging recycling achieved a significantly higher recovery rate – and spent more money – than the year prior.

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Nation’s first packaging EPR bill is signed into law

Published: July 13, 2021
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Maine state house in Augusta.

Maine’s new law requires packaging producers to fund the recycling of their products. | Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

The governor of Maine has signed legislation establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging materials in the state. It’s the first bill of its kind to become law in the U.S.

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Oregon legislation revamps recycling in multiple ways

Published: June 29, 2021
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Oregon capitol building.

Oregon legislators have sent an EPR bill to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown for a final signature. | Noah Strycker / Shutterstock

The Oregon House and Senate last week approved a bill establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging and adding other elements to the state’s recycling system, including new requirements for MRFs and an evaluation program for product labels. Continue Reading

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Maine lawmakers approve first-in-nation packaging EPR bill

Published: June 22, 2021
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The Maine state capitol in Augusta.

Maine lawmakers advanced an EPR bill to the governor. | Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

Legislation creating an extended producer responsibility program for packaging has cleared both the Maine House of Representatives and Senate. It’s the first such bill in the U.S. to make it that far in the legislative process, and it now goes to the state’s governor for a signature.

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Major corporations endorse EPR for packaging

Published: June 22, 2021
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Retail aisle with paper and plastic packaging.

Paper and packaging EPR is already firmly established as part of the Canadian and European waste management landscape. |

Coca-Cola, Unilever and Walmart are among the companies that have backed a statement from a global group in support of extended producer responsibility, the latest example of the seismic shift in corporate sentiments around the policy approach.

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EPR legislation advances in some states, stalls in others

Published: June 15, 2021
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A substantial EPR bill is moving forward in the Oregon legislature. | Grindstone Media Group / Shutterstock

Bills establishing extended producer responsibility for packaging materials were introduced in a handful of states this year. Several have failed to gain traction, but at least two key proposals remain active.

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Largest Canadian province to roll out full EPR

Published: June 8, 2021
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Outside the Ontario, Canada legislative building.

Officials estimate shifting funding responsibility completely to producers will save municipalities an estimated 156 million Canadian dollars (about $129 million U.S.) per year. | Sunset Blue / Shutterstock

The Ontario government will make producers fully financially responsible for recycling their products, a major expansion of the province’s extended producer responsibility system. The changes will come into effect within the next four years.

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Maine lawmakers give thumbs up to packaging EPR bill

Published: June 2, 2021
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A Maine committee vote of “ought to pass” for LD 1541 sets it up for possible votes by the full House and Senate chambers. | RawPixel.com / Shutterstock

A committee in Maine’s legislature advanced a bill that gives government officials direct control over how much money producers would be forced to pay to support the recycling of their packaging.
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Notes From the Field: Global lessons on EPR

Published: May 18, 2021
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The challenges of implementing extended producer responsibility programs were recently detailed by an international panel. | ESB Professional / Shutterstock

During one of the first sessions of SPC Impact 2021, held in April, an international panel sat down to discuss the challenges of implementing extended producer responsibility (EPR).

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