NWRA’s Massachusetts Chapter Expresses Concerns with EPR Legislation

NWRA’s Massachusetts Chapter Expresses Concerns with EPR Legislation 

Arlington, VA – The Massachusetts chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) submitted a memorandum of opposition to HB 4851, legislation that would establish an extended producer responsibility (EPR) program in Massachusetts modeled after Maine and Oregon. The chapter noted in its comments that recent studies have shown that EPR programs are not as effective as expected and can lead to higher costs for consumers.

“Massachusetts already has an incredibly successful recycling system in place,” said Lew Dubuque, NWRA vice president of chapter management. “Implementing an EPR program in Massachusetts will only result in increased costs to consumers and yield zero environmental benefits.”

The Massachusetts chapter expressed concern for provisions that could affect existing infrastructure and the ability of municipalities to maintain local control. The chapter also urged greater stakeholder engagement throughout the process.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and various other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association