Costs and Benefits of EPR for Packaging and Printed Paper in Minnesota – Study Design

Posted by GlobalPSC on Packaging at 9:34 am, August 4th, 2013Comments0





GlobalPSC member Recycling Reinvented has made available the first of three working papers produced as part of a study commissioned to model and assess the projected economic benefits, costs, and impacts associated with a ‘uniquely American’ extended producer responsibility (EPR) system, as advocated by Recycling Reinvented, for consumer packaging and printed paper (PPP).  The paper focuses on study design and is now available here.

Although commissioned by Recycling Reinvented, the study is designed to be objective, rigorous, and transparent. It is being conducted by Reclay StewardEdge  and includes an extensive review process by over two dozen experts from industry, non-governmental organizations, education and policy.

The study will model the effects of EPR in a single state (Minnesota), using state-specific data, but Recycling Reinvented hope that the methodology and analysis findings will have broader applicability. The goal of the study is to help advance the national dialogue on how to achieve higher recycling rates, greater system efficiency, and sustainably financed recycling programs.

The first working paper presents the study design, guiding principles, and assumptions. Subsequent working papers will present the in-depth state-level analysis and modeling projections, assessment of PPP material markets, and producer financing scenarios.  A new website has been created to house all details of the study for more in-depth information.

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