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[greenyes] Endorse strong Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principles
Extended Producer Responsibility Principles were recently
developed by the EPR Working Group, composed of
representatives of environmental, labor, health and environmental justice
organizations. We are looking for group and individual endorsements of
these principles. If you wish to endorse, please do so on the web at  The Principles and other
information are posted there.

GrassRoots Recycling Network is part of the new EPR Working Group
established to promote the strong international standard of Extended
Producer Responsibility as the as a central framework for product
management in North America.  One of our objectives is to counterbalance
the watered down notion of voluntary, shared responsibility that is being
promoted by some sectors of industry and government in the United States.

Here's more on EPR from GRRN's web site

"Since GRRN's inception, producer responsibility has been a key ingredient
of our program and agenda for achieving Zero Waste. Shifting the costs of
waste from taxpayers to brand owners and producers creates a powerful
economic incentive to design waste out of the system and substantially
reduce the use of toxic materials. Moreover, strategies like producer
responsibility that don't rely on taxpayer dollars are increasingly
attractive to policy makers facing budget deficits and revenue shortfalls.
Today's fiscal climate presents a moment of tremendous opportunity to
make producer responsibility for waste a reality.

"Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, and including 'producer
take-back' systems, describes policies and practices requiring product
brand-owners to take full physical or financial responsibility for the
life-cycle impacts of their products, from product design to end-of-life 
product management.

"Extended Producer Responsibility has been a major movement since the
early 1990s in other countries, but it has been slower to take off in the
United States. This is beginning to change through collaborative endeavors
like GRRN's Beverage Take-Back Campaign, the Computer TakeBack 
Campaign, the Clean Car Campaign, the Mercury Policy Project, and the 
work of Clean Production Action."

Bill Sheehan, Co-Director
GrassRoots Recycling Network
P.O. Box 6707, Athens, GA 30604-6707
Tel: 706-613-7121   Fax: 706-613-7123
Email: zerowaste@no.address

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