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How to reduce waste and carbon emissions caused by mattresses: A review of global Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes

Developing a Scottish EPR scheme where producers and retailers are responsible for goods and resources throughout their whole life cycle - from design, manufacturing and sale to re-use, recycling and disposal – will help the nation reach the Scottish Government target to end our contribution to the climate crisis by 2045.

July 2020

Less than one in ten mattresses in Scotland is recycled, with many being flytipped, incinerated or dumped in landfill instead. That waste creates carbon emissions which are making the climate crisis worse.

One way to solve the economic, environmental and social problems caused by this waste is to introduce an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme in Scotland.

EPR schemes can play a key role to encourage a circular economy approach - minimising waste and maximising value – by extending the responsibility of producers and retailers for the goods they make and sell to include the environmental impact of those products over their whole life cycle. This transfers the financial and/or practical burden of disposing of goods from councils to producers to encourage more sustainable design. 

Zero Waste Scotland’s report, ‘How to reduce waste and carbon emissions caused by mattresses: A review of global Extended Producer Responsibility schemes’, reviews a range of international EPR approaches to help guide work on developing a Scottish EPR scheme for mattresses, which could also be adapted for a wide range of other goods.

The report coincides with a new guide to designing more sustainable mattresses being published by the National Bed Federation as part of a three-year research partnership with Zero Waste Scotland. 

Download report here: How to reduce waste and carbon emissions caused by mattresses: A review of global Extended Producer Responsibility schemes.

 

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