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Position paper on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Brussels, 2 December 2013

The packaging material producers, to the same extent as producers and importers of packaged goods and retailers have the legal and financial responsibility to ensure that their products are effectively collected and recycled at the end of their life through the appropriate national EPR schemes. They should therefore have – or continue to have – a full view of how effectively financial resources are used.

EPR schemes should operate to implement the EU’s Waste Hierarchy with the priority aim of effectively recycling waste and transforming it into new resources for the producing industry. Clear and common definitions of collection, recovery, closed loop recycling vs downcycling should be added to the existing ones.

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