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North American Take Back Regulations

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as defined by the OECD is "an environmental policy approach in which a producer's responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product's life cycle." This concept has been extended to many products such as batteries, oil, and electronic products through "take-back" regulations. These regulations require manufacturers to collect used household electronics for recycling and/or recovery.

United States

In the United States, take-back regulations have been implemented at the state level and the programs vary in scope. Some states regulate only computers and similar electronics, while others, like Pennsylvania, include household electrical appliances. Unfortunately, appliance manufacturers need to review the individual state regulations to determine those requirements.


In Canada, take-back regulations have been developed at the provincial level. However, as of October 2014, they focus on computers, televisions, and similar electronics.


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