Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is coming to the United States. Packaging EPR was proposed in 14 states in 2023 and enacted within California, Colorado, Maine, and Oregon. EPR is an environmental policy approach that uses eco-modulation to determine the cost for the entire packaging life cycle. Resulting tariffs are assigned by package material weight and cost of disposal, with recycling having the lowest tariff. The core benefit of EPR is lowering the environmental impact of packaging by…

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Claire Koelsch Sand, PhD, contributing editor, is CEO of Packaging Technology and Research and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and California Polytechnic State University ([email protected]).