California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)


The resources page provides links to documents from CalRecycle workshops and events, and Web sites related to Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).


Approaches to EPR | EPR Checklists | Products | Environmentally Preferable Purchasing | International Programs

Approaches to EPR

This section contains CalRecycle documents addressing approaches to EPR for multiple products.


Carpet | Ewaste | Fluorescent Lighting | Household Batteries | Mattresses | Packaging | Paint | Pharmaceuticals | Sharps | Thermostats

This section contains CalRecycle-related documents and links by product type.


  • CalRecycle Web page on Carpet Stewardship.
  • California is the only state with a statewide Carpet Stewardship Program being implemented by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) that provides financial incentives to carpet recycling processors and some second tier manufacturers that make new products from carpet derived materials. CARE prepares and implements its California Carpet Stewardship Plan approved by CalRecycle to reach certain goals. It also finances and distributes funds to support the stewardship program, and reports to CalRecycle on its progress.
  • Carpet Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Prior to the development of a carpet stewardship program in California, in January 2002 California joined with several other states, the US EPA and the carpet industry in an MOU. This MOU expired in 2010 and was not renewed. As indicated in the Carpet America Recovery Effort 2008 Annual Report, in 2008, the percent of carpet recycled and diverted was 4.3 percent and 5.2 percent of total carpet discards, respectively. This shows carpet recycling was far from reaching the MOU goals of recycling 20 to 25 percent by 2012. CARE’s 2007 Annual Report (page 9) provided recommendations to improve recycling.


Fluorescent Lighting

  • CalRecycle Web page for Fluorescent Lights
  • EPR issues with Mercury Lamps presentation by Paul Abernathy, Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers, at the June 5, 2007 Strategic Policy Development Committee Meeting.
  • April 28, 2008 Workshop: Applying the Product Stewardship Framework Workshop--Residentially Generated Fluorescent Lamps. Workshop information, including agenda, speaker biographies, and presentations.
  • Product Stewardship Institute's (PSI) Fluorescent Lighting Dialogue Meeting, held July 15-16, 2008 in Seattle, Washington. The goal of this PSI multi-stakeholder project is to promote the use of energy efficient lighting while eliminating or reducing the amount of mercury and other toxins entering the environment during the lifecycle of fluorescent lamps.

Household Batteries


  • CalRecycle Web page on Mattress Product Management
  • Mattress Recycling Council - The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a non-profit organization that will develop and operate mattress recycling programs in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. In 2013, all three states passed laws requiring mattress manufacturers to develop programs to manage discarded mattresses.



  • CalRecycle Web page on Paint Product Management
  • PaintCare – A non-profit organization created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), to develop and implement a paint stewardship program to reduce, reuse, recycle, and properly manage leftover paint.



  • CalRecycle Web page on Sharps Waste Disposal
  • Product Stewardship Institute's (PSI) Medical Sharps Dialogue Meeting, held September 23-24, 2008 in Sacramento, California. This second dialogue meeting brought key stakeholders together to discuss progress made on key issues that were identified during the first meeting. The PSI medical sharps project aims to solve a public health and safety issue by developing a national consensus on best management practices for safely disposing of needles.


In addition to the resources above, these organizations provide information regarding product categories:

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)

  • Contracting for Producer Responsibility presentation by Alicia Culver of the Green Purchasing Institute for the June 5, 2007 CalRecycle workshop titled, "Producer Responsibility: Overview of Policy Considerations and Existing Implementation Approaches--Setting the Stage for Implementation of Strategic Directive #5."

International Programs

Websites by Audience

Consumers | Government | Haulers, Recyclers, Processors | Nongovernment Organizations | Producers and Manufacturers | Product Stewardship Councils | Retailers | Industry Product Stewardship Organizations



Haulers, Recyclers, Processors

Nongovernment Organizations and Product Stewardship Councils

Also see Stewardship Organizations.

Producers (Manufacturers, Brand Owners)


Industry Product Stewardship Organizations

The organizations below (grouped by location) are advocates for product stewardship or manage product stewardship programs.


Europe (This is a small sampling of Stewardship Organizations in Europe.)

United States

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Last updated: February 8, 2016
Extended Producer Responsibility and Stewardship
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