EPR Toolbox

Know-how to enable Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging

Pollution caused by packaging disposed of incorrectly is a serious problem. It can be addressed by designing products that are easier to recycle and by investing in collection and recycling systems. Establishing these kinds of systems requires a strong coordination body, backed up by transparent and stable sources of funding. Experience suggests that the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) can have significant potential to achieve a range of policy objectives. The EPR Toolbox contains detailed information about EPR and provides an introduction to a number of distinct issues.

Module 1

Module 1

This module thematises the general aspects of EPR schemes for packaging and covers particularly the roles and responsibilities in packaging value chains, the establishment of a producer responsibility organisation (PRO), a register, financial flows and a regulatory framework.

Factsheet 00:

Preface, introduction, glossary, overview of factsheets and key readings

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Factsheet 01:

How can roles and responsibilities in packaging value chains be defined?

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Factsheet 02:

How can a PRO be established?

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Factsheet 03:

How can financial flows be managed, and fees and payments be set?

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Factsheet 04:

How can a register of obliged companies be established?

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Factsheet 05:

How can a regulatory framework be designed?

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Module 2

Module 2

This module discusses the collection and sorting of packaging waste and focusses on the integration of the informal sector, incentive methods for citizens, and the establishment of a deposit refund system.

Factsheet 06:

How can the collection of packaging waste be organised?

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Factsheet 07:

How can sorting procedures for packaging waste be organised?

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Factsheet 08:

How can the informal sector get involved?

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Factsheet 09:

How can citizens be incentivised to separate packaging waste at source?

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Factsheet 10:

How can deposit refund systems be set up?

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Module 3

Module 3

This module offers answers to the questions, how high-quality recycling can be ensured, how the recyclability of packaging can be improved, and how the market demand for recycled plastics can be increased.

Factsheet 11:

How can high-quality recycling be ensured?

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Factsheet 12:

How can the recyclability of packaging be increased?

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Factsheet 13:

How can the market demand for recycled plastics be increased?

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Country Reports

Country Reports

These reports present examples of EPR systems in various countries. The different cases demonstrate the legal backgrounds and objectives as well as the historical contexts.

Germany

Chile

South Africa

Republic of Korea

Tunisia

FAQ

FAQ

The FAQs provide detailed answers to 38 questions concerning the most important aspects of EPR systems.
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The PREVENT Waste Alliance would like to thank the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for the funding of the EPR Toolbox, the committed parties from Indonesia and Ghana as well as the following persons involved: Mr. Helmut Schmitz, Dr. Jochen Hertlein, Mr. Uwe Kleinert, Ms. Christina Jäger, Ms. Patricia Schröder, Dr. Burkhard Berninger, Dr. Thomas Fischer, Ms. Simone Walter, Dr. Andreas Jaron, Mr. Thomas Schuldt and Dr. Bernhard Bauske.