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The role of EPR in addressing the marine litter problem

Organised with the cooperation of the EP Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”

Marine litter can only be effectively addressed and tackled by implementing circular economy solutions on all levels worldwide. It requires a shift in mindset and the implementation of circular economy principles, such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). These incentivise and drive the necessary changes along the lifecycle of products and packaging – covering design, consumption and post-consumption stages, including a functioning and holistic waste management infrastructure. International cooperation on marine litter will also play a crucial role in disseminating best practices and driving change.

The EPR Club International Conference 2018 aimed to broaden the debate on marine litter by highlighting the important role of EPR as key enabler of a circular economy. Participants discussed the development and implementation of EPR as an effective instrument to tackle plastic pollution on land and thereby address the main causes of litter in the marine environment.

The EPR Club International Conference 2018 was hosted under the Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” and organised on initiative of ACR+ (Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management); DSD (Der Grüne Punkt Duales System Deutschland); EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance) and SUEZ, members of the EPR Club.

The event took place during the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) which aims to promote sustainable resource and waste management on a European scale.

Event Overview



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