This technical note examines the structure and functioning of the reverse supply chain for plastic in Ontario (Canada) and how Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) influences this system. Specifically, we will describe the intertwined processes composing the reverse supply chain and reveal the main operational and economic challenges affecting each process, focusing on consumer products packaging and electronic waste (e-waste). An understanding of the current infrastructure for and obstacles to managing end-of-life plastic products and materials can inform important developments in managerial practice as well as policy making. The Ontario government is working towards implementing a new EPR framework to encourage innovation in reverse supply chains; however, any new policy must address several considerations to stimulate the development of a capable system.
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