Extended producer responsibility (EPR) or product
stewardship is a regulatory tool to reduce waste from consumer goods
and its impact on the environment. Its basis lies with producers taking
more responsibility for managing the environmental impact of their
products throughout the product lifecycle.
Does it affect our industry?
The print, packaging and visual communication industry will be a
major target for any legislation. Currently the NSW Government is
examining the issue. Printing Industries is examining the issue to determine possible impacts for the industry.
Check back on this page for updates.
More about Extended Producer Liability
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development defines
EPR as: 'an environmental policy approach in which a producer's
responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of
the product's life cycle.'
The aim is both to keep products and materials out of the waste
stream and to reduce their environmental impact. Manufacturers can play a
role beyond the point of sale or warranty by, for example, designing
products that produce less waste, use fewer resources, and contain more
recycled and less toxic components.
EPR schemes have been implemented in many other countries and regions
including Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada,
Taiwan, Japan and Korea.
Need more Information?
Click on this link to access the Environmental Protection Authority Frequently Asked Questions page.