Extended Producers Responsibility There are seven Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) schemes in Sweden. Learn more about the schemes and how they are organized. svenska Share Contact Listen Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a widely used environmental policy in many countries in which producers’ responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a products life cycle. Producers responsibility is also intended to encourage producers to develop products that are resource efficient, easy to recycle and do not contain hazardous substances. EPR schemes in Sweden There are currently EPR schemes for the following seven product groups: packaging, newsprint, electrical and electronical products (EEE), batteries, tyres, end-of-life vehicles and pharmaceuticals. How EPR schemes are organized In Sweden, the producers have ownership of the material, the infrastructure and the financing of the systems. The legislation through ordinances for each EPR scheme places the responsibility for the proper end-of-life management of waste products on the individual producers. However, in practice producers work collectively to exercise this responsibility by setting up or affiliating themselves with Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs). In general, the producers have a well organised structure for collection and treatment of EPR type of waste. Most PROs collaborate with the Swedish municipalities to enable households to easily drop off EPR type of products once they become waste. National targets for EPR schemes EPR schemes for packaging, newsprint, batteries, EEE and end-of-life vehicles have national targets concerning either collection rate or rate of material recovery (or similar). The targets are defined within each EPR ordinance and for some materials such as paper packaging and EEE, the targets are higher compared to targets set in EU directives regulating EPR. The only EPR schemes without national targets are the ones regarding tyres and pharmaceutical waste. For tyres, the producers have set their own targets for collection and recycling. The levels of collected material and material recovery are relatively high and for most product groups, national targets are met or exceeded.