Bay Area Haz Waste Committee

Extended Producer Responsibility

  • BREAKING NEWS: On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied challenge to Alameda County Drug Disposal Ordinance. Back in 2012, Alameda County was the first in the country to adopt an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) ordinance and then defend it in court. EPR is a policy approach that shifts the responsibility for waste management costs from solely being the burden of government to include manufacturers as well as the users of these products—the consumer. It is a "fair share" of responsibility and countries including Mexico, provinces of Canada, and much of Europe use it to sustainably fund and operate medication collections. Ever since the ordinance was adopted, the pharmaceutical industry opposed it, leading to this historical decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, opening the door for more counties to pass similar ordinances. More information here.
  • Carol Misseldine, Director of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC), made a presentation to ABAG's Executive Board on September 20, 2007, describing the environmental issues and financial costs of proper collection and disposal of common household hazardous or toxic items such as electronic devices, fluorescent tubes, batteries, and prescription drugs. The CPSC is encouraging all cities and counties to pass EPR resolutions, an action that ABAG's Board unanimously endorsed.

    To download recently passed local government EPR resolutions, visit caproductstewardship.org/local/epr_resolutions.htm.

    You may also download Carol's PowerPoint presentation and presentation script.
  • California Product Stewardship Council
  • On July 10, 2007, the California Integrated Waste Management Board received a report entitled Framework for Evaluating End-of-Life Product Management Systems in California. Download the report (PDF) at www.ciwmb.ca.gov/agendas/mtgdocs/2007/07/00022214.pdf

    Download the powerpoint presentation by the author describing the report