EPR+: Mandatory and voluntary mechanisms for financing the circular economy for plastics and packaging

Online • 21. September 2021

EPR+: Mandatory and voluntary mechanisms for financing the circular economy for plastics and packaging

Join the PREVENT Waste Alliance and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on 21 September 2021 from 11.00-12.00am CEST for a panel discussion on financing mechanisms to support a circular economy for plastics and packaging.

 

***Registration is closed***

Collecting, sorting, recycling and disposing of waste is a costly endeavour. For many municipalities, the costs are higher than the money that can be made from selling recycled materials. There is a need for financing that is ongoing, dedicated and sufficient, to close the funding gap and ensure packaging waste is kept in the economy, and out of the environment.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach, based on the ‘polluter-pays’ principle, in which whoever introduces packaging to the market is responsible for the financial cost of collecting, sorting and recycling their products after they become waste. Existing EPR schemes for packaging suggest that it is a promising approach to address increasing packaging waste and pollution.

In this session, we will discuss with private sector actors why we see EPR as a necessary part of the solution, what the implementation process in emerging economies like Vietnam and South Africa looks like, and how other approaches such as plastic credits fit in.

Speakers:
Fausto Tazzi, CEO, La Vie – Nestlé Waters Vietnam
Dr. Fanny Quertamp, National Senior Advisor Vietnam, Expertise France
Roan Snyman, Sustainability Manager, Pick n Pay
Dr. Henning Wilts, Director Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute

Moderated by Anni Schleicher, Deputy Editor, PackagingInsights.

With opening remarks by Christina Laun, Head of Division “Environmental policy, urban development, mobility, circular economy, marine conservation”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The panel discussion builds on the position paper by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and corresponding statement endorsed by over 100 companies, the EPR Toolbox developed by the PREVENT Waste Alliance, as well as the general ongoing exchange within the Alliance, and the experiences of the project “Rethinking Plastics” in Vietnam.

***Registration is closed***