Recycling Reinvented has suspended operations as of June 2015. For a link to our 2014 cost-benefit study on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and printed paper, click on the Resources page. For more information, contact Paul Gardner at 612-227-4582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, recycling in the United States is not meeting its potential. National recycling rates have not exceeded 34 percent, while other industrialized countries recycle twice that percentage. Recycling programs are inconsistent and vary in quality, allowing valuable resources to end up in landfills. Bottom line: We need to improve the system and EPR is the answer.
The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model requires that brand owners of packaging and printed materials cover the cost of managing their product waste. EPR would increase recycling collection, reduce government spending, and use private sector efficiencies to reduce the overall cost of recycling.
Our current recycling system is not keeping pace with supply and demand. Additional public funds to enhance and expand recycling are in short supply. EPR addresses issues of concern to all players from local government to consumers and offers a solution.