What are EPR laws and what do I need to do to comply?
Unfortunately, EPR is extremely complex and is handled at the state level, leaving manufacturers with the responsibility for identifying and compliying with a host of complex regulations. States like California and New York have enacted laws required electronic manufacturers to collect, handle and recycle their own waste. 23 other states have pending regulation in the e-waste area.
Manufacturers face the challenge of building a complex reverse logistics supply chain that complies with all of these and incorporates e-waste, disassembly, logistics and remarketing partners. This can be a huge drain on gross margin but it doesn't need to be. Often, post-consumer waste is valuable and could be disassembled, donated or resold profitably.