CA Product Stewardship Council

Requiring manufacturers to design products and packaging to be less-toxic, longer-lasting and recyclable (California Product Stewardship Council)

How IT can benefit you

You pay taxes to local governments to recycle or safely dispose of harmful:

  • Products like electronics, mattresses, fluorescent lighting, batteries, paint, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, carpet, and needles.
  • Packaging like plastics and Styrofoam.

Many products and packaging are designed to be disposed, instead of reused or recycled. If manufacturers were required to pay to recycle or safely disposal them, it:

That’s called extended producer responsibility (EPR) or product stewardship.

Why it's a leading program

CPSC is a nonprofit network of local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals.  CPSC’s legislative successes in California resulted in requests from across the country for assistance. So in 2015, CPSC created the National Stewardship Action Council to carry CPSC’s work forward without lobbying limits on a national scale.


To have manufacturers fund programs for their products and packaging by:

  • Recycling or taking them back.
  • Designing them to be zero waste (cradle-to-cradle).

Who can take action

Get tips for your home and policy updates from CPSC by:

Create takeback programs and policies.

Learn how to lobby your CA lawmakers.

Get invited to events and webinars if you become a member. Contact:


139 cities and counties passed resolutions supporting an EPR policy approach.

Five California counties also passed ordinances requiring pharmaceutical companies fund the collection and disposal of unwanted medicine from residents.


California Product Stewardship Council, (916)706-3420,

Last Updated

December 20, 2015