Extended Producer Responsibility

eBook reviewing the key developments that are happening in EPR as producers re-visit and change elements in how they produce goods.

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Product type: Books
Date of publication: 19 Oct 2011
Product format: Online

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EPR (also called Product Stewardship) places responsibility for end-of-life management of products and related packaging on producers, and to some extent consumers. While regulation and standardisation from governments and other authorities affects EPR, management emphasis is on producers. This eBook reviews the initiatives that are happening in EPR as producers re-visit and change some key elements in how they produce goods. Product packaging takes centre-stage, but this also includes factors like energy efficiency in production. The impact EPR has on many players is considered, from the responsibilities of distributors, producers and brand owners right through to the effect at the top of the chain at the package design and material selection stage. The outlook for EPR is also reviewed, with some of the specific areas being targeted for development by the industry outlined.


Executive Summary

Introduction and Methodology

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Terminology and Definitions

Overview of EPR Initiatives

  • Background
  • Establishing Fundamentals for Better EPR Strategies
  • Metrics
    • Measurement Comparisons
  • The Consumer Perspective on Initiatives
  • Examining a Global View

Impact of EPR

  • Regulatory Examples and Situations
  • Role of the Supply Chain on Initiatives
    • Impact: Gaining Worth from Packaging
    • Impact: Recycling Solutions
      • Plastics
      • PET Bottle Recycling
      • Clamshell Product Comparisons
      • Pouches
        •  Case Study: Wine in Pouches
      • Papers
        • Pre-consumer Materials/Waste
        • Post-consumer Materials/Waste
        • Post-consumer Recycling
        • Recycling Categories
      • Biodegradability and Composting
    • Initiatives and Issues with Alternative/Replacement
    • Materials
      • Biomaterials

Package Design and Material Trends

  • Consumer and Household Goods
  • Pharmaceuticals and Health Care
  • Food and Beverage
    • Packaging Segments
    • Product Identification

Outlook for EPR Packaging

  • Source of Energy and Raw Materials
  • Regulations
  • Technologies
  • Education & Communication
  • Innovation
  • International Cooperation

Tables and Figures


  • 3.1 US recycling rates of various packaging products, 2008 (%)
  • 3.2 Bioplastics for packaging
  • 3.3 Strengths and weaknesses of PLA , PHA, and PBAT and PBS
  • 5.1 DuPont's Footprint Goals and progress, 2010


  • 2.1 Chain of responsibility
  • 2.2 EPR implementation process
  • 2.3 Example of LCA metrics
  • 2.4 Municipal solid-waste disposal methods by region
  • 2.5 Implementation of European Packaging Directive
  • 3.1 Chain of responsibility
  • 3.2 Tesco's direct carbon footprint boundary
  • 4.1 Top food and beverage companies by sales, 2009
  • 4.2 Nestlé Waters rPET bottle
  • 4.3 New BLO KS wrapper
  • 4.4 Products generated in MSW by volume, 2009 (%)
  • 4.5 Use of plant-based PET in PlantBottle®
  • 5.1 EPR laws, 2006
  • 5.2 EPR laws, 2010