Have you heard about Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship? Both are policy approaches that are implemented in New York State, and they're all about changing the way we manage products throughout their lifecycle.
With EPR, the financial responsibility for the environmentally responsible end-of-life management cost of products is shifted from consumers and the public sector to the manufacturers of those products. In a Product Stewardship approach, consumers might pay a small fee to fund proper end-of-life management or recycling of the covered product. Government oversight ensures that EPR and Product Stewardship programs are effective and equitable.
The benefits of EPR and Product Stewardship are diverse - from reduced waste and pollution to economic advantages and a healthier environment. It's clear that they have the potential to shape a more sustainable future in New York.
The combined efforts of EPR and Product Stewardship demonstrate New York's commitment to responsible environmental stewardship. We look forward to the positive impact on our state's sustainability.
Current EPR programs exist in NY for: electronics, rechargeable batteries, mercury thermostats, and pharmaceuticals. A new EPR program for carpet is scheduled to begin in July of 2026.
Current Product Stewardship laws exist in NY for: returnable beverage containers (Bottle Bill), lead-acid batteries, tires, wireless telephones, paint, plastic bags and film plastics.
To learn more about EPR and Product Stewardship in NYS, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/66746.html.
Adapted from RRNY Resources.