Published on September 20, 2016
Also available in: French
This report updates the 2001 Guidance Manual for Governments on Extended Producer
Responsibility (EPR), which provided a broad overview of the key issues, general
considerations, and the potential benefits and costs associated with producer responsibility
for managing the waste generated by their products put on the market. Since then,
EPR policies to help improve recycling and reduce landfilling have been widely adopted
in most OECD countries; product coverage has been expanded in key sectors such as
packaging, electronics, batteries and vehicles; and EPR schemes are spreading in emerging
economies in Asia, Africa and South America, making it relevant to address the differing
policy contexts in developing countries.
In light of all of the changes in the broader global context, this updated review of the guidelines looks at some of the new design and implementation challenges and opportunities of EPR policies, takes into account recent efforts undertaken by governments to better assess the cost and environmental effectiveness of EPR and its overall impact on the market, and addresses some of the specific issues in emerging market economies.
Overview and updated guidance2 chapters available
Analysis and key issues4 chapters available
Annexes11 chapters available
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