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What is EPR?

CalRecycle has developed an EPR Framework and Checklist to guide statutory proposals that would allow CalRecycle and other stakeholders to implement product stewardship programs.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), also known as Product Stewardship, is a strategy to place a shared responsibility for end-of-life product management on producers, and other entities involved in the product chain, instead of the general public; while encouraging product design changes that minimize negative impacts on human health and the environment at every stage of the product's lifecycle. This allows the costs of processing and disposal to be incorporated into the total cost of a product. It places primary responsibility on the producer, or brand owner, who makes design and marketing decisions. It also creates a setting for markets to emerge that truly reflect the environmental impacts of a product, and to which producers and consumers respond.

EPR Programs in California

Currently, there are several statewide stewardship programs for the following products: