Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a concept in waste management that is intended to foster the inclusion of the environmental costs associated with products throughout their lifecycles into the products’ market price. This concept was first mentioned in a report submitted to Sweden’s Ministry of Environment in 1990 by Swedish academic Thomas Lindhqvist.
The idea behind the EPR is to reduce the environmental impact a product creates by adding it to the cost of the product. It makes the producer/manufacturer responsible for the product’s lifecycle from its production, recycling to final disposal. An example of a product subject to the EPR in many industrialised nations is the tyre.