What Extended Producer Responsibility Means for the Package Printing Industry
The time has long passed when extended producer responsibility or EPR was considered more of a European concept. Although EPR is still a crucial element in the EU’s response to climate change, the concept is also gaining traction in the U.S., affecting package printers and their customers.
Maine passed EPR legislation earlier this year. The Stewardship Program for Packaging effectively increased the cost of paper, ink and other supplies to the printing industry. Oregon followed suit by passing The Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act.
To help the industry better understand EPR and its impacts on printing businesses and their customers, PRINTING United will air a special edition of Ask the Experts on November 17, 2021. The webinar will provide a deep dive on EPR programs designed to shift the burden of waste recycling from states and municipalities to the manufacturer or producer by imposing a tax or fee on printed paper and packaging to pay for the collection and recycling of these materials. Attendees will learn how EPR impacts their customers, businesses, and what steps they can take to help their customers.