Strengthen education and advocacy around smart, well-designed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies with a free toolkit of the latest research and customizable resources for your state.

Robust recycling policy has the potential to advance the circular economy and transform local programs for the better, ensuring strong environmental and economic outcomes while driving innovation and reducing waste. Currently, many local governments and residents across the country bear the operational and financial responsibility for the recycling and disposal of printed paper and packaging. There is another path forward for sustainable residential recycling infrastructure, education, and operations funding called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR shifts financial responsibility of managing a material throughout its entire lifecycle, from the design phase to production to disposal, to the brands that produce the material. 

The Partnership’s State Policy Toolkit for Extended Producer Responsibility features free, fully customizable resources to help further advocacy, education, and engagement in the community, environmental, non-profit, and government sectors on smart, well-designed EPR policies.  You can download and customize pieces of the toolkit based on your needs. Find information on: 

  • Understanding EPR 
  • Best management practices and guidance tool for policymakers 
  • Myths v. Facts 
  • Academic studies and more! 

Check out the NEW data-driven study “Increasing Recycling Rates with EPR Policy” in this toolkit. This report explores the impact of EPR programs in seven jurisdictions worldwide and in six U.S. states to assess the effect on state-level recycling rates and other key metrics. Spoiler: States can expect significant increases in recycling rates for packaging and printed paper with the adoption of EPR programs.

As we advance a circular economy, aligning state policies and furthering well-designed EPR policies are critical. Have questions or need assistance on how to use this kit? Reach out to The Partnership’s Policy Accelerator at

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