Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

EPR laws are designed to improve recycling of various wastes including both paper and plastic packaging, and printed paper.

What is EPR?

EPR laws mandate responsibilities for producers of product packaging and printed paper. These laws use fees to address end-of-life management of covered products. The fees are based on the recyclability of a covered product and are designed to provide an incentive to design products that are easier to reuse or recycle. Learn more about EPR and the impact on the printing industry.

State EPR Legislative Summaries

More than 120 EPR laws addressing over a dozen types of consumer products have been enacted across the United States. Regulations for products such as automobile batteries, electronics, mobile phones, paint, pesticide containers, carpet, mattresses, thermostats, and pharmaceuticals are commonplace. But now states are focusing their EPR regulation efforts on producers of printed paper and packaging materials. To learn more about the compliance requirements in states that have passed such EPR laws, read our detailed briefs found below.