Producer Responsibility

Producer Responsibility is a policy approach in which manufacturers are required to take an active role in developing and funding collection, recycling, and disposal programs for their products at the end of the product's useful life. Producer Responsibility policies shift the costs and management of product discards from local governments and refuse ratepayers to manufacturers and consumers, thereby incentivizing product redesign and consumer responsibility to minimize environmental impact.

Because consumer product supply chains often spread beyond the boundaries of our city, San Francisco believes that holding producers more responsible is most effectively done at the state level. That's why we play an active role in supporting California producer responsibility policies. In fact, San Francisco has adopted three producer responsibility resolutions urging the State to create a framework for future policies and to hold producers more responsible for their products at the end of life, as well as urging the use of producer responsibility principles to prevent marine debris.

Locally, San Francisco has adopted some Producer Responsibility policies including our bag reduction ordinances and our Cigarette Litter Abatement Fee . We also have a robust environmentally preferable purchasing program which, among other things, requires vendors who sell to the City and County of San Francisco, through inclusion of language in City contracts, to take back their products or packaging for recycling.

Additional Information for Producer Responsibility

UPSTREAM is a national environmental organization dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable, and equitable society by addressing the root causes of waste.
California Product Stewardship Council
The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) is a network of local governments, non-government organizations, businesses, and individuals who care about the quality of the products we use in our everyday lives.
The Story of Stuff
Take a trip with Annie Leonard to uncover where our stuff comes from.
Product Stewardship Institute
Organization dedicated to fostering manufacturer and producer responsibility to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products.