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EPR: how to save money while improving our solid waste systems

An October 2018 report from Canada's Ecofiscal Commission found "that policy changes can make our waste systems—from product manufacturing to waste disposal—more efficient and less costly. The key to an efficient waste management system is getting incentives right and relying more on market-based policies."

Should manufacturers have to pay more recycling costs?

BBC, Nov. 25, 2018: The British government's "long-awaited resource and waste strategy... is expected to force manufacturers, retailers and supermarkets to pay significantly more towards recycling their waste.

According to reports, one of the key elements of the plan will be to put far greater emphasis on making manufacturers pay for the recycling of their own waste packaging.

EPR is a cornerstone to effective recycling

John Coyne of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA), Nov. 27, 2018 in the The Chronicle Herald (Canada):

The Plastic Backlash

A long read in the Nov. 13, 2018 Guardian detailed the history of plastic and recycling in light of recent events:

"a loose alliance of oil and chemical companies, along with drinks and packaging manufacturers, pursued a two-part strategy that would successfully defuse anti-plastic sentiment for a generation.

Canada aspires to achieve zero plastic waste

Waste Dive, Nov. 27, 2018: "The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) announced plans for a nationwide "zero-plastic-waste strategy" and to reduce kilogram per capita waste 30% by 2030 and 50% by 2040."

Bottle bill reduces litter

In almost one year since starting a container deposit scheme (also known as a "bottle bill" or deposit return system), residents of New South Wales, Australia, "have returned more than 900 million cans and bottles.

German packaging law

Packaging Europe, Nov. 14, 2018: When the German Packaging Law comes into effect on January 1, 2019, the new legislation will set down binding rules to increase recycling quotas and levy higher fees for packaging which is difficult to recycle (via Reloop Platform).

Manufacturers attack right to repair their products

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 16, 2018:
"preventing owners from fixing or upgrading devices on which they’ve spent hundreds or thousands of dollars has fueled the right-to-repair movement, which saw measures safeguarding this right introduced this year in about 20 states. None passed...

LightRecycle Washington update - Dec. 2018

From January through September 2018, Washingtonians recycled over 950,000 mercury-containing lights, weighing more than 450,000 pounds, via LightRecycle Washington. LightRecycle, a manufacturer operated product stewardship program run by nonprofit PCA Product Stewardship Inc.

Job: California Product Stewardship Council

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) seeks to grow their team of five and