The Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council is the only organization of Massachusetts cities and towns working to shift the costs of recycling from the taxpayers to the companies that design and market products, also known as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
All our neighboring states in the Northeast have state laws that require brand owners to plan for and pay for collecting and recycling certain products that they have put into the marketplace—things like computers, mattresses, and paint. These laws give producers a financial reason to redesign products and packaging to be less wasteful and more repairable or recyclable. In every state that has producer responsibility laws, recycling rates have gone up and costs to cities and towns have gone down. We have formed the Council so that our municipalities can work together for laws that require producers to be responsible for the real costs of product and packaging waste