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Extended Producer Responsibility

Learn more about EPR: What is it? Why is it important, and what does it mean for manufacturers, and others in the value chain? Plus, discover our latest white paper, EPR Unpacked: A Policy Framework for a Circular Economy.

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Holistic Resource Systems

HRS optimizes the combination of key waste management practices for collection, sorting and recycling to transition towards closing the loop, preventing litter and contributing to a carbon neutral world.

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Deposit Return Systems

Deposit Return Systems (DRS) play a vital part in preventing bottles and cans from ending up in oceans, streets and landfills, by offering a financial incentive for consumers to return used containers for recycling. Learn more about DRS. 

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Mixed Waste Sorting

The incineration or burying of plastics and other high carbon materials generate unnecessary GHG emissions - MWS can reduce those emissions and put material back into the system for incorporation into new products. 

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Global trends in EPR schemes: producer responsibility for consumer packaging

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies for packaging started emerging in the early 1990s, and we have seen their use grow and expand over the decades.1 Today, there has never been a stronger global push to implement this environmental...

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Top cans

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Beverage container materials in deposit return schemes

Effective deposit return systems accommodate the drinks sold on the market today. This means considering beverage type, size and material the container is made of. The material included in a deposit system – such as plastic, metal, glass and liquid...

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How consumer convenience can influence the success of EPR systems for packaging waste

Consumer demands often drive packaging trends, be it size, functionality, or recyclability. Giving consumers the convenience they demand is a major driver of change and the same approach has proven successful in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)...

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epr series performance

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Driving resource efficiency with packaging targets

Global consumer packaging waste is surging, even in the world’s most remote areas. According to The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), nearly two-thirds of global plastic waste generation comes from plastics with lifetimes of...

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epr series one circularity

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Increasing the circularity of packaging: can resetting how recycling rates are calculated help?

For decades, it was common practice to estimate packaging recycling rates based on the volumes or weights sent to material recovery facilities (MRFs), rather than the amount of that material that could actually be recycled. This method made it seem as...

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Boys carrying trash bags

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Reduce, Reuse, recycle: What is a Circular Economy for Plastic?

Plastic pollution is one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, with disposable plastic polluting the world’s oceans. Single-use plastics, such as plastic beverage containers, bags, and cutlery, may only have a life cycle of hours or even...

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Single blue pet bottle

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What is the Single-Use Plastics Directive?

More parts of the European Union's Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) come into force on 3 July 2021, in wide-reaching legislation that seeks to reduce plastic pollution from plastic products made for single use. Learn more about the Directive, the...

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Blue pet bottles

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Setup of deposit return scheme

Deposit return systems are already established in many countries where they are helping to reduce litter and improve recycling rates. Find out more about the setup and functioning of DRS, as well as costs and timelines.

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Deposit return schemes and beverage producers

More markets than ever are bringing in deposit return systems (also known as container deposit schemes, deposit return schemes or DRSs) in a bid to increase recycling rates and tackle litter – and drink producers play a vital role in this shift. As new...

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