How EPR Picked Up Steam in 2023

Although no states passed EPR for packaging and paper products (PPP) as of the summer of 2023, there are various signs that EPR for PPP has picked up steam and established a foothold in the U.S. that will only continue to grow in the upcoming years. Eleven states introduced EPR for packaging bills in 2023, covering nearly 91.8 million people, and although no full programs were passed, four states took dramatic steps in the right direction (IL, MD, NH, and RI).

Outside of packaging, this year, laws were adopted for batteries in Washington, paint in Illinois, tires in Connecticut, Household Hazardous Waste in Vermont, and many amendments to existing EPR programs. Although there is mounting opposition to EPR policies from various stakeholders, the EPR movement is primed to continue to grow in the coming years. Read more.