Economic Aspects of Extended Producer Responsibility

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a policy approach in which the responsibility of the waste from a consumer good is extended back up to the producer of the good, is developing and expanding in OECD countries.  Governments find that these schemes can provide a new and flexible approach to reduce the upward trend of waste from consumer products. To address these issues, OECD organised a workshop in December 2002, which was hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Environment, in Tokyo. This book contains selected papers presented at this workshop.

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EPR and the Cost-sharing Issue

In waste administration of today, the responsibility of producers to carry out recycling and appropriate waste disposal is expanding, at least in developed countries. By the Product Liability Law, rules have been already established as an institution to define the circumstances and the kind of responsibilities that producers should take for damages occurred during the consumption process of their products. In the discipline of waste management policy, it has been proposed as an idea to hold producers responsible for implementing recycling and appropriate disposal of the discard products, even when consumers found no defects in the products during the consumption process. Many countries have ...


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