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First US State adopts EPR for packaging recycling

Maine has become the first US State where packaging producers rather than consumers are required to pay the cost of recycling.

The legislation on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging will charge large packaging producers for collecting and recycling cardboard boxes, plastic containers and other packaging materials, as well as for disposing of non-recyclable packaging, reports The Washington Post. The income generated will be used to support recycling efforts in local communities.

According to Sarah Nichols, director of the Sustainable Maine Program at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, other states will soon follow. No fewer than ten states including New York and California have considered similar legislation this year while in Oregon a bill establishing EPR for packaging awaits approval.

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