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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Political Economy for Implementing EPR Policies

In light of the growing use of extended producer responsibility (EPR) as a principle that underpins environmental policy instruments among OECD member states since the early 1990’s, this paper attempts to draw some lessons from the implementation of EPR programmes to date. The paper evaluates the results of different types of EPR programmes, analyses the institutional and structural factors that influence the results and the measures to overcome barriers, and suggests what types of products are most suitable for certain types of EPR programmes. The focus of the evaluation is on ...


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