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CalRecycle Considering EPR Rules for Packaging Waste

The 12-page memo was a response to the Manufacturers Challenge workshop, which brought together packaging stakeholders and CalRecycle officials in January.

According to a report from Resource Recycling, a memo circulating within the California Department of Resources Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle) is recommending "a mandatory comprehensive, statewide packaging program in California."

The 12-page memo was a response to the Manufacturers Challenge workshop, which brought together packaging stakeholders and CalRecycle officials in January.

According to the story:

The suggested system would lay out goals, stakeholder roles, program financing and other specifics that are hallmarks of extended producer responsibility (EPR) frameworks. In EPR systems, product makers are responsible for financing and managing end-of-life concerns for the goods they put on the market.

No U.S. state has ushered in EPR for packaging, though British Columbia implemented EPR for packaging in 2014 and other Canadian provinces have moved in the direction.

The memo was sent to Scott Smithline, director of CalRecycle, and was drafted by Howard Levenson, the deputy director of the materials management and local assistance division within the department.

CalRecycle staff are requesting Smithline to give approval for staff to pursue a framework for what a mandatory packaging recycling program would look like in the state.

Read the full story here.

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