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
This section contains CalRecycle documents addressing approaches to EPR for multiple products.
EPR Checklists: Topics to cover in EPR Legislation
- Overview Checklist. A quick overview of essential considerations for producer responsibility legislation. (1 page)
- Standard Checklist. A detailed checklist of elements to consider for producer responsibility legislation, including a list of elements to include in the stewardship plan and key program metrics. (3 pages)
- Overall Framework for an Extended Producer Responsibility System in California. Commonly referred to as CalRecycle’s EPR Framework document.
- Analysis of Priority Product Selection. This document covers preliminary product selection methodology, including selection criteria, and preliminary products identified using the methodology.
- Producer Responsibility: Overview of Policy Considerations, Strategic Policy Committee, June 5, 2007.
- An Overview on Producer Responsibility. This was a staff presentation to the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s, now called CalRecycle, Strategic Policy Development Committee on June 5, 2007.
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.
- CalRecycle Web page for E-Waste/Electronic Product Management
- "Sony Electronics National Takeback And Recycling Program: As Easy To Recycle As It Is To Purchase" presentation by Doug Smith, Sony with Bobby Farris, Waste Management, on the Sony Take Back Recycling Program at the April 28, 2008 CalRecycle workshop titled, "EPR in Action: Program Design and Implementation."
- "Case Study: Washington State Electronics Law". A PowerPoint presentation by Sego Jackson and Walter Alcorn, at the April 28, 2008 CalRecycle workshop titled, "EPR in Action: Program Design and Implementation."
- 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.
- CalRecycle Web page on Batteries.
- Applying the Product Stewardship Framework: Residentially Generated Household Batteries held April 29, 2008 in Sacramento, California. Highlights of the success stories and lessons learned from battery and fluorescent lamp collection programs from around the world. Workshop information, including agenda, speaker biographies, and presentations.
- Call2Recycle (formerly Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) presentation by Norm England, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, at the June 5, 2007 Strategic Policy Development Committee Meeting.
- 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.
- Multi Material British Columbia
- A Conversation about Packaging: Opportunities and Challenges, CalRecycle Workshop, December 12, 2013
- 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 Pharmaceuticals and Medication Waste Disposal.
- Product Stewardship Institute's Pharmaceutical Dialogue, held June 19-20, 2008 in Sacramento, California. The meeting, held at CalRecycle facilities, brought together industry, government, and non-government organizations to seek solutions to the end-of-life management of pharmaceuticals.
- 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.
- Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), Mercury in Thermostats provides information for manufacturers, wholesalers, & retailers
- Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a nonprofit stewardship organization that facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats.
In addition to the resources above, these organizations provide information regarding product categories:
- California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)
- Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)
- UPSTREAM (formerly Product Policy Institute)
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."
- European Experience with Industry Stewardship Programs presentation by Joachim Quoden, PRO-Europe at the April 28, 2008 EPR in Action: Program Design and Implementation Workshop.
- How EPR is Progressing in Canada presentation by Mark McKenney, MGM Management at the April 28, 2008 EPR in Action: Program Design and Implementation Workshop.
- International EPR Systems: Focus on Europe and British Columbia by Heidi Sanborn, R3 Consulting Group at the June 5, 2007 Strategic Policy Development Committee Meeting.
Websites by Audience
Consumers | Government | Haulers, Recyclers, Processors | Nongovernment Organizations | Producers and Manufacturers | Product Stewardship Councils | Retailers | Industry Product Stewardship Organizations
- You Can Make a Difference! A CalRecycle Web page with general information for consumers.
- Consumers Reports' Eco-labels center. Explains eco-labels and what to look for.
- Earth 911, Product Stewardship. CalRecycle's Where Can I Recycle My... Web page with an online system to help you identify local recycling centers and basic information on product stewardship.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Explains "extended product responsibility" with information for consumers.
- Environment Canada. Explains many of the EPR programs in Canada.
- Environmentally Preferable Purchasing information. This information is available to assist you in finding and selecting environmentally preferable products.
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Provides information regarding Minnesota’s efforts in EPR as well as recent national efforts.
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Information regarding Oregon's efforts towards EPR legislation as well as general EPR information.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. General EPR information as well as links.
- Washington Department of Ecology. Information regarding Washington's electronic product EPR program.
Haulers, Recyclers, Processors
- CalRecycle Web page for Haulers, Recyclers, and Processors
Nongovernment Organizations and Product Stewardship Councils
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. International group provides guidance for governments, economic data, and case studies related to EPR.
- Product Stewardship Institute. A national organization dedicated to advancing EPR using stakeholder discussions to reach agreement and initiate programs.
- Recycling Council of British Columbia. Recycling organization operating in British Columbia implementing many EPR programs.
- Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN). A group of procurement professionals dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Offers many product-specific purchasing guidelines.
- UPSTREAM “formerly Product Policy Institute (PPI)”. A research and communications organization promoting sustainable practices. Focuses on production and consumption and its link to waste generation and disposal.
- The following councils provide resources for becoming an advocate of producer responsibility:
Also see Stewardship Organizations.
Producers (Manufacturers, Brand Owners)
- Automobile Manufacturers. A case study prepared by the University of Tennessee describing a take-back and recycling program for the automobile industry.
- Caterpillar. Article describing Caterpillar's corporate EPR strategy using remanufacturing to address end-of-life management.
- Sony. Information regarding Sony's Individual Producer Responsibility program to take back and recycle their electronics.
- Design for Environment (DfE) Best Practices Lessons for British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment. A 2009 report prepared for British Columbia to explore ways to incorporate green design into the Recycling Regulation and other initiatives.
- Retail Industry Leaders Association Sustainability Initiative (RILA). Created by RILA, the initiative helps retail companies to meet environmental standards relevant to the retail industry and pursue responsible environmentally sustainable activities and business practices.
Industry Product Stewardship Organizations
The organizations below (grouped by location) are advocates for product stewardship or manage product stewardship programs.
- Alberta Dairy Council Milk Container Recycling Program
- Brewer’s Association of Canada
- Electronics Stewardship Association of British Columbia (BC)
- Encorp Pacific
- Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association
- Product Care Association
- Stewardship Ontario
- Tire Stewardship BC
- Used Oil Management Association
Europe (This is a small sampling of Stewardship Organizations in Europe.)
- CarTakeBack (Vehicles in the United Kingdom.)
- Fost Plus (Packaging in Belgium.)
- PRO Europe (Packaging in multiple countries.)
- European Portable Battery Association (Batteries in multiple countries.)
- Battery Council International
- Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)
- Call2Recycle (formerly Rechargeable Battery Recycling Association)
- Mattress Recycling Council
- Thermostat Recycling Corporation
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