The Principle of Extended Producer Responsibility and the Draft European Union Legislation on the Single Use Plastic Directive
Revised 08/09/2020 Pedithep Youyuenyong1
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) can be described as a waste management policy approach. A producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle. The EPR shifts the waste management cost partially or entirely from local governments and their waste management agencies to producers who produce their products. ERP is designed to meet specific environmental objectives and modern single-use plastic waste management criteria, much like traditional single-use plastic waste management. This paper aims to discuss the draft European Union law or proposal to manage single-use plastic waste better. The law creates a new responsibility to the producer for treating and disposing of the post-consumer products and extends producer responsibility to cover the whole single-use plastic product lifecycle via new business models.
Keywords: extended producer responsibility, single-use plastic, draft European Union legislation
1Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Chiang Mai University