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Product Stewardship

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.

EPR Update