Evolution and Trends in EPR Requirements: A Government Perspective for Industry Professionals

Suna Bayrakal, Ph.D. Moderator
Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
Boston, MA 
Dr. Suna Bayrakal Presenter
Product Stewardship Institute
Boston, MA 
United States of America
Tue, 9/10: 10:00 AM  - 11:00 AM 
Standard Session 
Greater Columbus Convention Center 


Explore the past, present, and future of the extended producer responsibility (EPR) movement, including the results of the first wave of US EPR laws. The presenter will provide an analysis of the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the process, and discuss how EPR can benefit industry through key elements of this type of policy, including: product scope, education requirements, convenience standards, performance goals, and reporting.

Additionally, the presenter will take a look forward to the next wave of EPR laws, examining the trends of EPR policy and key issues, including financing approaches, incentives, structure and governance of producer responsibility organizations, and sustainable design. Learn how we, as product stewardship professionals, can engage with the government, recycling industry, and other stakeholders to design and implement policies that work for everyone.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will:
1) Summarize the origins and government impetus for EPR policies
2) Explain how EPR policies benefit industry
3) Analyze the key elements of EPR legislation
4) Evaluate the results of the first wave of EPR regulations
5) Classify current trends in EPR policy and key issues in the U.S. and other countries
6) Recognize which emerging technologies and consumer product categories are likely to be addressed by EPR in the future 

Learning/Experience Level



Emerging Extended Producer Responsibility Requirements