Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Framework Policy

January, 2008

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Framework Policy was adopted by the CIWMB on January 23, 2008. The new EPR Framework Policy shifts the responsibility for managing products at the end-of-life from local governments to producers who can internalize the costs of product collection, transportation, and recycling/disposal.

The new policy provides stronger state regulations, realistic product selection and goal setting, and flexible oversight of product stewardship programs managed by affected participants. Through product stewardship, the CIWMB hopes to encourage firms to design products which are less damaging to the environment, reduce waste at the source, and reuse end-of-life products rather than disposing unwanted material.