Extended Producer Responsibility Project

Posted on 28 October 2020

Media Releases
Building on its No Plastics in Nature initiative, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines releases a report entitled "Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme Assessment for Plastic Packaging Waste in the Philippines"

The report shows that Filipinos consume a yearly average of 20kg of plastics, from which 15.43kg/cap/year becomes waste. Insufficient recycling capacities for high value recyclables (i.e. PET, PP, HDPE) and the high volume of low value plastics (including sachets) are factors that affect the country’s low plastic recycling rate, at 9%, about 35% of plastic wastes leakages into the environment.
> View for the full report here



WWF Releases Report Proposing Effective Solution to Mitigate Plastic Pollution in Malaysia.

In September 2020, WWF released a report entitled “Study on EPR Scheme Assessment for Packaging Waste in Malaysia”. In the report, WWF identifies the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme as a critical and effective policy tool in holding manufacturers accountable for the end-of-life impacts of their plastic products and packaging. EPR as a policy instrument also encourages adoption of holistic eco-design among the business sector. The WWF report proposes a customised EPR scheme towards addressing Malaysia’s plastic waste pollution.
> View for the full report here



No Plastic in Nature: WWF Global Strategy
Together with our partners, WWF has developed an innovative approach to plastic pollution. Moving beyond clean-up alone, we are tackling the root causes of plastic pollution. We aim to accelerate a transition to a global circular plastics economy, with a focus on material and product redesign, consumer behavior and circular waste management.

Our strategy focuses on two levels of plastic pollution, in particular: reducing the use of plastics by redesigning materials and products on the one hand; and stopping the leakage by creating circular waste management systems for plastics on the other.

WWF Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Project

WWF has identified the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme as a critical policy tool with a track record in holding manufacturers accountable for the end-of-life impacts of their plastic products and packaging, as well as encouraging holistic eco-design in the business sector.

In this way, and by facilitating partnerships among various stakeholders and sharing best practices globally, our EPR project, is promoting and enhancing the adoption of EPR schemes, reducing plastic leakage into nature, and helping to deliver a circular economy.

Please find a more detailed overview of the EPR project here.

Additional Resources

  • EPR infographic: Familiarize yourself quickly with the essentials of EPR.
  • WWF’s EPR position paper: Learn more about WWF’s guidance on EPR.
  • EPR briefing for governments and businesses: Find out how to successfully implement EPR schemes step-by-step.
  • Legal framework study of EPR: Acquire a solid knowledge base on EPR schemes and the current EPR status for managing packaging waste in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Plastic packaging in Southeast Asia and China: Details out the volume of plastic packaging placed on the market by packaging type and application in Southeast Asia and China.
  • 15 Basic Principles for EPR: Establishing an effective extended producer responsibility scheme for packaging.
  • Going Circular: The EPR Guide: Mismanaged packaging waste is increasingly harming the environment, health, and economies, particularly in developing countries. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is key to solving this problem and transitioning towards a circular economy. It supports waste management and incentivizes changes in packaging design. But how does it work? What aspects need to be considered when setting up EPR schemes? And how can it be put into practice? "Going Circular: The EPR Guide" answers these questions. It is a free, open-access online course produced by WWF in collaboration with numerous experts on EPR worldwide. The course equips learners with the tools to promote locally adapted EPR schemes for packaging.
  • WWF's Global Plastic Navigator: The Global Plastic Navigator visualizes the most recent and high-resolution data of current scientific publications on marine plastic pollution. The navigator also shares WWF's projects in different regions to halt plastic leakages.


If you would like to learn more about our work, please contact WWF's EPR team.