Discussion paper on Plastic Credits and EPR published

11. November 2021

Discussion paper on Plastic Credits and EPR published

The discussion paper “Plastic credit schemes and EPR – risks and opportunities” outlines necessary quality requirements and standards to ensure that plastic credit schemes lead to more circularity and do not undermine incentives for EPR and waste prevention. It was developed within the PREVENT Waste Alliance sub-working group on Plastic Credits.

The idea of “plastic credits” is raising a lot of attention and offers significant opportunities for financing circular plastic systems. At the same time uncoordinated and unregulated plastic credit schemes bear certain risks, especially with regard to incentives for waste prevention and the introduction of EPR systems, crucial corner stones for the sustainable use of plastics.

Against this background a PREVENT Waste Alliance task force of plastic credit scheme operators, industry as well as environmental NGOs and researchers has developed this discussion paper on necessary quality requirements and standards in order to ensure that plastic credit schemes actually lead to more circular systems especially for plastic packaging and do not undermine incentives for extended producer responsibility and especially waste prevention as top priority of the waste hierarchy.