I find the idea of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) fascinating. I think it can change the way things are made in the first place. Just think, if a company knows that they will be (financially) responsible to provide a take back program or recycling program, how much more responsible they will be in the design of the product in the first place. Of course, it will remain the consumer’s job to purchase responsibly in the first place, but I think epr is a giant leap in the right direction. Yes, it will make products more expensive, but it will begin to shift the costs from all taxpayers (for your local landfill and waste officials) to the purchasers of these individual items(for the cost of the items its self).
In Illinois, the state legislature is deciding on the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act, I for one, hope it passes and starts a cascade of responsibility.