Plastic Waste – Extended Producers Responsibility

21 students

The packaging of consumer goods and single-use plastics plays an important role in generating plastic waste leakage into the environment. On a global scale, 32% of packaging waste escapes into the environment. The collection of packaging waste is essential in building up reusing and recycling systems, and these are major steps towards the transition to a circular economy required to stop plastic pollution effectively.

The main reason of plastic waste leakage into the environment is the lack of source segregation, sound collection and treatment systems in many low and middle-income countries. The collection rate in developing countries is often below 50%, and in low-income countries, 93% of the waste is dumped somewhere in the environment. In industrialized countries, this rate lies at only 4%.

In this course we will learn about Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) – a policy driven approach to hold Producers, Importers and Brand Owners (PIBOs) accountable for creation of more resourceful and effective schemes along with infrastructure to increase the end-of-life collection, environmentally sound treatment, and reuse and recycling of waste plastic products. We will also learn about Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO) that take responsibility for discharging PIBOs national and state legal obligations in a more efficient and cost effective manner by applying industry’s experience gained through successful producer responsibility programs implemented in other jurisdictions.


I am full time Volunteer working with youth and students to engage them with various environmental issues. My major subject is public perception and behavior towards waste management.

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