News in EPR
The Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development is pleased to bring you our extended producer responsibility (EPR) newsletter! Strong EPR and effective circular economy policies and practices are integral to the sustainability and resilience of both our environmental and economic systems. To support ongoing collaboration, the development of EPR practices, and advance the circular economy in Michigan, we plan to share periodic updates on important issues within the field.
Johnson & Johnson's Packaging Changes Shift Towards Circular Supply Chain
J&J's Healthy Lives Mission includes conversion to 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic, and recycled paper and pulp-based packaging by 2025. How are they going to get there? By redesigning baby lotion bottles to ditch the pump, swapping out the black Listerine cap for a clear resin one, and other small changes. -Learn more about their plans.
EPA releases draft National Recycling Strategy
The draft National Recycling Strategy identifies strategic objectives and actions needed to create a stronger, more resilient, and cost-effective U.S. municipal solid waste recycling system. The strategy, when finalized, will be aligned with and support implementation of the national recycling goals, which EPA intends to announce in November 2020. The EPA is seeking comments about the draft until December 4th. -Read the National Recycling Strategy draft and executive summary.
New York State-Academic Collaborations on Waste Management
New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation entered into a five-year, $5.75-million partnership with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse to help establish the New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management at ESF. This investment will help develop a comprehensive plan to improve recycling and address market access challenges for recyclable materials. -Read more about the partnerships.
UK Environmental Bill to Include Implementing Repairability Rating on Electronics
Through a landmark Environment Bill, the UK parliament is seeking powers to place greater responsibility on producers to make their items more resource-efficient and easier to re-use and recycle. The wording of the bill says the relevant authority "may impose requirements to provide information in relation to a product", including "aspects of the product's design which affect its expected life". -Read More.