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Glossary of Terms: Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship Inventory of Programs

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Stewardship Program Plan

A “stewardship plan” or “program plan” sets out how designated producers will meet their legal obligations to collect and recycle their products or packaging once they have reached their end-of-life. Generally, stewardship plans may include details on how end-of-life products or packaging are to be collected and recycled, how program performance will be measured, targets for collection, reuse (where applicable), recycling and public awareness, timelines for implementation, program funding and reporting protocols. Producers are commonly responsible for preparing their own individual stewardship plans or can join a collective stewardship program under a “producer responsibility organization”.