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Government involvement in EPR and waste management policy - Based on two cases in California, U.S.

  • Tomohiro Tasaki
  • Naoko Tojo
Publishing year: 2011
Language: Japanese
Pages: 3-4
Publication/Series: Annual Conference of Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Volume: 22
Document type: Conference paper
Publisher: Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management

Abstract english

Our investigation of two EPR and waste management programs in California, U.S. revealed two common features: involvement of the state government is small, and the establishment of concrete recycling/waste management systems is to a large extent left in the hands of entities who have direct responsibility for their implementation. Based on the degree of government involvement, we categorized recycling and waste management systems in which two entities - producers and municipalities - are engaged, and analysed their strengths and weaknesses. Our finding indicates that much government involvement does not necessarily mean that producer's obligation becomes larger. Further study is needed to examine how to enhance the effectiveness of a program while maintaining its strengths: flexibility and lessened burdens of the government.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • EPR
  • Role of producers
  • Autonomy
  • Policy design
  • Policy comparison


The 22nd Annual Conference of Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management
Naoko Tojo
E-mail: naoko [dot] tojo [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se

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