Extended producerís responsibility workshop

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 2, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) will hold a stakeholder’s workshop on Extended Producer’s Responsibility (EPR).  It is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Byron Sher Auditorium at Cal/EPA Headquarters in Sacramento.   

EPR is currently defined differently by different groups.  Europeans see it as the extension of the responsibility of producers for the environmental impacts of their products to the entire product life cycle, and especially for their take-back, recycling, and disposal.  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development sees EPR as an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility, physical and/or financial, for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle.  The US/EPA calls it "Extended Product Responsibility" and appeals to those in the product life-cycle – manufacturers, retails, users, and disposers – to share in the responsibility of reducing the impacts of products.

At their September 19th Board meeting, the CIWB adopted an overall Framework for EPR as a policy priority.  They also directed staff to solicit input on the Framework from the stakeholder community.  The purpose for the Nov. 14th workshop is to obtain suggestions for refining and improving the EPR Framework.

A producer responsibility background paper can be downloaded at www.ciwmb.ca.gov/agendas/mtgdocs/2007/06/00022182.pdf
You can also get other details for the workshop at: www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Calendar 

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