In the last two decades policies based on extended producer responsibility (EPR) have been implemented for a wide range of products, especially in industrialised economies. Now, an increasing number of Asian economies similarly find themselves facing increasing amounts of difficult-to-treat waste and associated health, social and environmental risks, as well as rising demand for resources. Many have introduced, or are considering, EPR-based legislation, especially targeting electronic waste (e-waste) management. Considering the design and implementation challenges in developing Asian countries, how can EPR be effectively employed by the governments? This policy brief examines the current status and obstacles in developing Asia; it then proposes a phase-in approach to implementation for e-waste management.
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