Packaging EPR State Implementation


The states of Maine and Oregon became the first states to enact legislation for packaging and printing paper EPR in 2021. Similar EPR bills are being considered in over 15 states. These bills establish EPR program requirements for producers of packaging material sold, offered for sale or distributed in the respective state, including through an online transaction. Many of the bills under consideration include printed paper and/or paper products, while some have also included a range of single-use products such as straws, utensils, cups, plates and plastic bags. In most bills, producers are also required to join a PRO and pay some form of a fee to the PRO to help with collection, education and implementation of EPR goals. For more information on retailer responsibilities and fees as well as the implementation timeline for states with passed packaging and printing EPR download the below.

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