TOMRA: Successful EPR requires five design principles, finds new white paper

Mülheim-Kärlich, Germany

To coincide with its 50th anniversary, TOMRA has published its latest white paper examining how to achieve greater performance from Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs.

This policy principle has the power to accelerate society’s shift towards a more circular economy, where resources are reused repeatedly to maximize their value. TOMRA is the innovation leader for waste and resource management, offers practical solutions to deal with the ever-growing volume of packaging waste.

TOMRA’s new white paper, EPR Unpacked – A Policy Framework for a Circular Economy, examines EPR schemes for packaging waste and serves as a detailed guide for policymakers who design or develop EPR schemes, offering a multi-faceted perspective and practical insights to help achieve greater performance.

EPR ensures that producers and manufacturers take responsibility for the full lifecycle of their packaging – from design to waste collection and recycling, and final disposal. As producers must provide dedicated funding for their own packaging, this policy principle also can incentivize sustainable packaging design and management based on the waste hierarchy, to achieve greater environmental outcomes.

The white paper explains the five design principles required for the successful implementation of an EPR scheme.

These are: circularity, which prioritizes the waste hierarchy, incentivizes eco-design, and utilizes reliable measurement protocols; performance, which includes a well-defined scope, clear roles and responsibilities, and comprehensive targets that scale up over time; convenience and user-friendly systems that increase the amount of valuable resources that are collected and processed effectively; producer responsibility, which establishes clear rules for the management of packaging waste; and finally, system integrity, which ensures transparency and compliance to support the achievement of targets.

The implementation of EPR legislation is a transformative measure to improve both the quality and quantity of the resources that get recycled, thereby supporting the acceleration to a circular economy.

Download the White Paper >>


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