Extended Producer Responsibility Programme for EEE
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy principle to promote total life cycle environmental improvements of product systems by extending the responsibilities of the manufacturer of the product to various parts of the entire life cycle of the product, and especially to the take-back, recycling and final disposal of the product” (Lindqhvist,2000). There are two related characteristics of EPR policy: “(1) the shifting of responsibility (physically and/or economically; fully or partially) upstream toward the producer and away from municipalities, and (2) to provide incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations in the design of their products” (OECD, 2001).
- Compliance: Every company whose products are consumed in Nigeria is required to comply with the EPR programme as indicated in Regulation II (1)-(4) of the National Environment (Electrical/ Electronic Sector) Regulations 2011.
- Registration: Producers are obligated to comply with the EPR policy (including but not limited to brand owners, manufacturers, importers, and distributors) and register with a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO).
- Collection Centres: We work with producers and collection centres to implement the buyback/recovery and recycling programme, whereby the collection centres collect and store e-wastes temporarily before they are responsibly recycled. We will provide a record of accredited recyclers/authorized treatment facilities and collection centres for consumers to get involved in the buyback/recovery and recycling programme.
EPR Key Underlying Principles
- E-Waste has value; hence, collection and treatment make business sense
- Effective e-waste management is enhanced through an incentive mechanism to ensure collection and proper treatment/process
- The hazardous nature of e-waste resides in improper treatment, not in collection; therefore, enforcement of proper recycling standards is the key.
- Producers do not have full control” of the e-waste management process; hence, collaboration among producers, the informal sector, licensed recyclers and government is paramount.
- Producers need to be registered and e-waste recyclers need to be registered and accredited.