South America Update

In our Summer newsletter we had an article assessing the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) trends across South America. As the regulatory frameworks are in a period of fast development in this region, below we take a further look and provide some updates. Chile An Implementing Regulation to the EPR Law was finalised at the end…

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Design for Environment: does EPR encourage it?

As more and more countries around the world begin to implement varying forms of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), it is worth pausing to consider what the desired outcomes of EPR are. The first, in most cases, is as a tax, or an investment in the recycling industry. This means less waste reaching landfill sites and…

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Global EPR: some interesting systems

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) across the EU has followed similar structures, such as the predominance of a system for packaging and legal obligations for action and payments for covered producers. This is hardly surprising giving the presence of EU directives for these schemes. However, such directives are not present for many countries globally, meaning there…

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Paint recycling in the UK: room for improvement?

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship regulations have been applied to a variety of different waste areas under a large range of different states. One waste product for which there are schemes globally, although not in the UK, is paint. EPR schemes for paint are in place in most states across Canada, providing free-to-use…

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France Bans Plastic

In the last twelve months, French authorities have brought in bans on various different single use, “non-recyclable” plastic items, such as plastic bags and crockery. As of the 1st July 2016, all plastic carrier bags thinner than 50 microns, and with a volume of less than 10 litres, can no longer be given to consumers…

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Recycling Targets and Rates in Europe

In light of the new recycling targets set out in the 2017 Spring Budget, a comparison of recycling in the UK with the rest of Europe feels appropriate. This posts looks at the Recycling targets and rates across Europe and then focusses on two countries. Each country is free to choose how they act upon the…

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Global Carrier Bag Interventions

Many countries across the world have been working towards reducing the impact of carrier bags over the past 20 years and these methods have been met with varying success. There are three main strategies that countries have implemented as approaches to try and reduce the volume of carrier bags being used: bag fees at the…

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Queensland to ban plastic carrier bags by 2018

The state Government in Queensland, Australia, has recently announced plans to introduce a ban on single-use plastic carrier bags by 2018.  This announcement follows a pledge from the leader of the opposition Liberal National Party, Tim Nicholls, to introduce such a ban if elected to power in the next state election.  Queensland would not be the…

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ecoVeritas has joined the Global Product Stewardship Council

ecoVeritas has become a member of the Global Product Stewardship Council (GPSC), an independent, not-for-profit forum for product stewardship development and an online resource for information on the development of extended producer responsibility programs around the world. The GPSC aims to facilitate the development and implementation of effective product stewardship schemes globally through working with…

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Product stewardship programs in Canada

Packaging product stewardship programmes (the North American name for extended producer responsibility) have been in action in Canada since the 1970s, with the first being the beverage container recovery system in British Columbia. There has been a general increase in the number of Canadian EPR programs since, with significant growth in the past 5 years, and…

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