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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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Technical Innovation and EPR Policies

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is defined by the OECD as an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle. Innovation is defined as the first use of a new product, process or system in a commercial context. Innovation occurs overwhelmingly in private firms in reaction to external signals. It is distinguished from science, which is the search for knowledge, and invention, which is a new technical idea. This paper develops an analytical framework for ...

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