With recycling costs rising, stagnate recycling rates, and consumer pressure mounting for brands to take action, momentum for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bills for packaging and paper products is growing steadily. Since 2019, 17 U.S. states have introduced producer responsibility for packaging legislation. The first four laws were enacted in Oregon and Maine in 2021 and in Colorado and California in 2022.  

Minnesota’s EPR for packaging and paper products bill will benefit from the experiences of states that have been working with the Product Stewardship Institute to develop similar legislation and will contribute to the nationwide movement for a more just and sustainable waste management system.