What do you mean by Extended Producer Responsibility?


Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producers Responsibility or EPR is a strategy formulated for the waste management field where the design focuses on end-of-use treatment for various consumer products. Its major objective is to manage and increase product recovery so that minimum harm can be caused due to environment waste. It is a legislative responsibility for many industrial units which believes in the reuse, recycling and eco-friendly methods to dispose the waste away. It is a widely applicable concept in the field of waste management which states its concern with the well being of the environment as it focuses on decreasing the impact of the product on the environment and assuring that throughout the product life-cycle, the product is consumable, especially when it comes to recycling and final disposal.

EPR is not only a government responsibility. The task of waste management seems to be shifting from public sectors to private sectors with delegation of work and management to third parties. Thus, extended producer responsibility has become a waste management program, which obliges the producers/manufacturers to include the waste management cost in their product price and also, help in safe handling of the product. Because of this shift, there have been innovations in product designing, where product manufactures came up with various designs that promote safe and eco-friendly waste disposal, leading to reduction in environmental degradation.

From the above statements, one thing is clear that EPR is a waste management concept that takes charge of environmental responsibility and the products especially when they are ready for final disposal. It includes activities like:

1.  Creating and promoting take-back programs and required products.
2. Collection of products in such a manner so that they can be reused, recycled or disposed off in a desired, eco-friendly manner.
3.  Designing products in such manner that they can be easily reused or recycled.

What are the benefits of ERP?

1. EPR, as the name suggests, is the extended task of the producer, which gives them an advantageous edge over their products, thus, increasing the competition among other companies among the same industry.
2. Since EPR can be delegated to other firms and companies, it creates job opportunities for other local communities and firms who specialize in the waste management field.
3. With improved life-cycle of the product and the fact that it is eco-friendly and can be recycled and disposed off without causing any environmental degradation, the customers and other consumers are automatically impressed with the innovation. Thus EPR not only improves customer loyalty but also adds on to the goodwill.