Cass Talbott, Taylor, Pinky Chandran, Cecilia Allen, Lakshmi Narayan and Owusu Boampong. 2022. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Waste Pickers. WIEGO Technical Brief No. 15. Manchester, UK: WIEGO.
Waste pickers face both challenges and opportunities under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a waste management practice and policy concept that holds producers responsible for managing their products and packaging at their end-of life. Increasingly common around the world, EPR is more likely to threaten rather than sustain waste picker livelihoods. This brief explores the challenges that waste pickers face with EPR and offers ideas for developing more inclusive EPR systems, based on the participatory work of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers.