Packaging and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Washington’s House of Representatives is preparing to reintroduce comprehensive EPR packaging legislation. This legislation is similar to the legislation recently passed in California seeking to reduce and eventually eliminate packaging being improperly disposed of or if possible recycled – mostly targeted at plastics. The bill would create a statewide program that will be administered by the Department of Ecology and paid for by assessments or taxes paid by producers of the packaging – which could include retailers if the producer cannot be identified or held responsible. WR has significant concerns about the scope and complexity of the proposal. Key to our associations neutrality or potential support are clear definitions particularly as it relates to producers and covered products. Additionally, reasonable implementation timelines must be included to allow processes for compliance to be created.