May 2023

Rethinking Plastics | EPR paving the way towards circularity

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Social Hall | Hybrid

1300hrs to 1700hrs, Manila time (GMT +8)


In support of SDG

Co-presented by

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About this Event

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) for plastics and packaging has gained traction in recent years due to the increasing awareness of the negative impacts of plastic waste on the environment. ​

A 2021 Science study determined that the Philippines is the single, largest contributor to ocean plastic waste at a whopping 356, 371 tonnes – an astounding figure that is nearly three times higher than the next biggest culprit. WWFPhilippines also found that Filipinos consume a yearly average of 20kg of plastics, of which more than 75% becomes waste. ​

Despite efforts to take off, the ‘wicked’ plastic waste conundrum in the Philippines remains grounded by insufficient recycling capacities and a high volume of low-value plastics(e.g. sachets) that results in a low plastics recycling rate that falls short of the mark. ​

In the highly complex plastics ecosystem, it is evident that the cooperation of multiple stakeholders is required to address the issue effectively. The recent enactment of the EPR Act in thePhilippines and the rise of the circular economy model, signifies a promising beginning towards a more sustainable future.​

How can industry stakeholders, led by Nestle Philippines – a global food and beverage leader, conceptualise innovative and effectiveEPR programmes, and support the government in the implementation of the EPR Act?

Are there opportunities for joint government-industry collaborations to implement and measure the impact of the EPR Act and build the foundation for a circular economy approach to waste management in the country?

What are the challenges in store for the industry, and how can they be overcome?​

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