AMERIPEN to Start Five-Part Series on EPR Regulations

AMERIPEN—the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment will hold a series of webinars starting later this month called “Are You Prepared?” that will help participants navigate extender producer responsibility (EPR) regulations.

“This webinar series will help prepare companies across the packaging value chain to engage in the final stages of state-specific program development and help provide guidance on how best to prepare for producer responsibility organization (PRO) membership and reporting requirements,” according to a notice on AMERIPEN’s website, where registration instructions can be found.

The series of five webinars is free for AMERIPEN members. Nonmembers can pay $100 per webinar or a discounted price of $400 for the full series. Also, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations can get a 50% discount.

The first session titled State Timelines will be held on Wednesday, February 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern time and will look at the state timelines for the four states that have enacted EPR laws.

“Packaging producer responsibility will officially begin in the U.S. in July 2025 when Colorado and Oregon start collecting fees from producers,” AMERIPEN said in a release about the session. “Maine and California will follow over the next two years. Before then there are several decisions to be made, organizations to approve, and rules to be decided.”

Here is a brief look at the other four sessions, all of which will begin at 1 p.m.:

  • March 20: “Pulling the Data Together”
  • April 17: “Services to Help Collect and Report Data and Manage Fees”
  • May 22: “Learnings from Needs Assessments”
  • June 26: “Lessons Learned from Brands and PROs”

This series follows one from 2023 that was called “Packaging EPR Has Arrived in the U.S.— Now What?” Key takeaways from it can be found on the website, too.

Editor’s note: This post was updated with the new date for the final webinar.