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An Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme roadmap was released by World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines).

WWF-Philippines Pushes for Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme

An Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme roadmap was released by World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines).


An Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme roadmap was released by conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines). The event highlighted the substantial impact of plastics in our environment and how adopting the EPR scheme can effectively change this worsening plastic problem. Read more.

The Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme or EPR Scheme

In the updated report entitled “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme Assessment for Plastic Packaging Waste in the Philippines”, WWF-Philippines proposes an EPR scheme where the responsibility of implementing the scheme for building high-quality recycling capacity should be assumed by an industry-led, non-profit Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO). They will act as the system operator, with strict monitoring and control systems carried out by the government.

WWF-Philippines pushes for an EPR scheme as a critical policy tool that holds producers accountable for the full life cycle of their products and packaging. EPR is an environmental policy approach that emerged in the 1990s and is now increasingly recognized globally as a useful tool for accelerating the transition to sustainable waste management and a circular economy. This scheme encourages waste reduction through the elimination of unnecessary packaging of products. Moreover, manufacturers are encouraged to find ways to develop a more environmentally friendly packaging design for their products.

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~ The Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme roadmap for the Philippines. ~

“We must take collective and immediate action. The proposed EPR scheme aims to build on the country’s current waste management system, integrating ongoing actions, and have collaborative action from various stakeholder groups. This way, we can stop plastic waste leakage in our nature.” says Czarina Constantino, WWF-Philippines’ National Lead for the No Plastics in Nature Initiative.

Plastic Use in the Philippines

In the first edition of the EPR study, it was shown that in 2019, the number of plastic items consumed by Filipinos was 2.15 million tons per annum. Here is the breakdown:

  • 35% of the consumed plastics leak into the open environment
  • 33% are disposed of in sanitary landfills and open dumpsites
  • 9% are recycled

The small percentage of plastics getting recycled is because of our lack of capacity to recycle both high and low-value plastics.

The proposed EPR roadmap incorporates the existing country’s solid waste management infrastructure, such as:

  • materials Recovery Facilities (MRF)
  • junk shops
  • recycling facilities

This aims to recover recyclable wastes. The informal waste sector, an important contributor to the Philippines’ recycling rate, has also been integrated into the EPR system. Initiatives from the businesses and civil society organizations have been included.

Less Plastic Use to Stop Plastic Pollution

For the past few years, EPR started gaining traction and support among the policymakers as the House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 9147 also known as the “Single-Use Plastic Products Regulation Act” as the proposed substitute bill for plastics that includes an introductory provision for EPR. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Senate Bill 2425 also known as the “Extended Producers Responsibility Act” is now on its Second Reading.

“The battle against unnecessary plastics will be successful only if we have a concerted effort from all stakeholders – supported by an enabling policy environment. Let us, therefore, strengthen our call for the passing of EPR into law, with good implementation, so that we can stop plastic pollution together,” says Katherine Custodio, WWF-Philippines Executive Director.

~ Many of the plastic packaging we use end up in landfills or worse, the ocean. ~

The proposed roadmap is part of the No Plastic in Nature Initiative – WWF’s global initiative to stop the flow of plastics entering nature by 2030 through the elimination of unnecessary plastics, doubling reuse, recycling, and recovery, and ensuring remaining plastic is sourced responsibly. Through this initiative, WWF-Philippines has been working with cities on plastic leakage, policymakers to advocate for a global treaty on plastic pollution and EPR, businesses to transition to circular business models, and the general public to campaign and act.

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