A Case Discussion on Market-Based Extended Producer Responsibility: The Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act

32 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2015

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Isil Alev

Georgia Institute of Technology - The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE)

Ximin (Natalie) Huang

University of Minnesota

Atalay Atasu

Georgia Institute of Technology - Sustainability

L. Beril Toktay

Georgia Institute of Technology - Sustainability

Date Written: November 1, 2015

Abstract

In this article, we analyze the Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act to explore the benefits and potential drawbacks of a market-based Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) implementation with operational flexibility for manufacturers. Based on publicly available reports and stakeholder interviews we find that the Minnesota Act attains two key goals of market-based EPR (i.e., higher cost efficiencies and substantial landfill diversion); however, this may come at the expense of selective collection and recycling, an increased burden on local governments, and an uneven competitive landscape for some stakeholders. We observe that such concerns arise because of flexibility provisions afforded to manufacturers that allow them to operationalize their EPR compliance with a cost efficiency focus. Thus, we conclude that a critical operational perspective is necessary for anticipating environmental and economic implications of different flexibility provisions associated with market-based EPR policy implementations.

Keywords: E-waste, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Environmental policy, Electrical and electronic equipment, State of Minnesota

Suggested Citation

Alev, Isil and Huang, Ximin (Natalie) and Atasu, Atalay and Toktay, L. Beril, A Case Discussion on Market-Based Extended Producer Responsibility: The Minnesota Electronics Recycling Act (November 1, 2015). Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business Research Paper No. 28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2696151 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2696151

Isil Alev

Georgia Institute of Technology - The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) ( email )

765 Ferst Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332-0205
United States

Ximin (Natalie) Huang

University of Minnesota ( email )

19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Atalay Atasu (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Sustainability ( email )

800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

L. Beril Toktay

Georgia Institute of Technology - Sustainability ( email )

800 West Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
United States

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