Extended Producer Responsibility DOES NOT lead to increased recycling rates – digging into the data

Preface: I spent an abnormally long time trying to think of a title for this article – the topic of Extended Producer Responsibility is contentious, complex and requires nuance….. eventually I gave up and figured I would just tell it as it is. 

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at the Conneticut Recyclers Coalition, joined by Resa Dimino of RRS, and Jim Gordon of the Ontario Association of Municipalities, where we discussed the merits and pitfalls of EPR legislation for packaging waste. 

While there are differences of opinion with respect to the efficacy of EPR legislation for packaging waste, I found the conversation enlightening – this type of dialogue is necessary to better understand the impacts of EPR legislation, and whether it is a path worth going down.

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