Waste & Metal Recycling
Residuos Expo 2023
Global consumer packaging waste is surging, even in the world’s most remote areas. According to The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), nearly two-thirds of global plastic waste generation comes from plastics with lifetimes of under five years, with 40% coming from packaging.1
Worldwide, there has never been a greater need for waste prevention and systemic changes in the way packaging is designed, collected, sorted, and recycled. Environmental policy principles like Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) make companies that place consumer packaging on the market responsible for those items over their entire lifecycle – from the initial design phase until they reach end-of-life and are prepared to be used in a new lifecycle.
This is the second in a series focusing on the five design principles necessary to support high-performing EPR systems for consumer packaging, covered in our recent white paper, EPR Unpacked – A Policy Framework for a Circular Economy.
Recycling targets alone will never be enough to achieve circularity. High-performing EPR systems have comprehensive and binding targets that scale up over time, as they help provide market certainty and investments for green infrastructure. Legislation designed to support the circularity of packaging needs measurable, realistic, and ambitious targets set along the entire value chain.