EPR Zero Technology


Business Case for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and the EPR Zero Program

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach that assigns producers with the responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their product, particularly for take-back, recycling, and final disposal of their own waste. HiPoint is advancing this concept with the development of EPR Zero, a proprietary mobile hardware and software solution designed to monitor and trace the waste stream of bioproducts, explicitly focusing on horse manure waste that has become a disposal crisis in many horse regions around North America and the World. Built to enhance the value of the HiPoint biomass recycling facility, EPR Zero can also be run independently and integrated into any region's waste ecosystem.


Problem: Statement

There are 7.2 million horses throughout North America. Each horse, when stabled, generates approximately one ton of waste monthly. Current waste disposal methods, including landfilling, incineration, composting, and land application (spreading), contribute to severe environmental issues such as GHG emissions of Ch4 methane-air contamination, groundwater leaching pollution, Algae blooms and habitat destruction. There is a critical need for effective monitoring and compliance mechanisms to manage this waste sustainably.

Solution: EPR Zero Program

EPR Zero is designed to address these challenges by offering a comprehensive solution for efficiently monitoring, tracing, and removing manure waste from farm gates to authorized disposal sites. The program benefits local governments, haulers, and environmental authorities through precision agriculture technology.

“epr-zero is designed to manage and monitor the traceability of this waste stream. Benefiting both authorities and their licensed haulers, as well as biosecurity for the environment” Quotes Cross

Key Features and Benefits:

  1. Traceability and Monitoring:
    EPR Zero tracks the movement of waste, helping authorities determine the amount of waste produced, how it is disposed of, and its final destination.

  1. Environmental Impact:
    The system calculates the environmental impact of waste disposal, including greenhouse gas emissions and leaching reduction, ensuring waste is managed to minimize environmental harm.

  1. Regulatory Compliance:
    The solution ensures compliance with waste disposal regulations, reducing illegal dumping, aerosol drift, and improving biosecurity within the region.

  1. Data Integration:
    EPR Zero integrates data from various sources, providing local authorities with the information needed to manage waste effectively and enforce regulations.

  1. Economic Benefits:
    By optimizing waste management processes, the program reduces disposal costs, offsets taxpayer burdens, and generates carbon credits that can be traded to support environmental initiatives.

Impact on Stakeholders

  1. Local Authorities:
    EPR Zero enables accurate tracking of waste quantities, improves budgeting for illegal dumping enforcement, increases jobs, and offers precise insights into waste generation and disposal patterns while accurately reducing GHG emissions and groundwater leaching.

  1. Haulers:
    Licensed haulers benefit from GPS tracking, route optimization, on-demand invoicing, and incentives for high-quality waste management.

  1. HiPoint Facilities:
    The program ensures waste is brought to a secure recycling location to be recycled and reused, enforces biosecurity measures, and manages emissions better for carbon credit adoption, all contributing to better waste management efficiency.

  1. Farmers:
    Farmers receive quality rebates and membership benefits for responsible waste management integrated into a user-friendly Farm to Hauler mobile app. Farms will have fewer flies and ammonia odour, and the recycled bedding sold back to the farm has healthy economic savings.

Case Study: Nooksack and Lummi Nation

The Indigenous Nooksack and Lummi Nation, along the Nooksack River in Sumas, WA, have faced declining fishing and shellfish harvesting due to noncompliance and increased agricultural waste. The EPR Zero solution would help monitor and trace waste, reduce fecal coliform bacteria, and improve water quality, thus benefiting the local communities and environment.


EPR Zero exemplifies the principles of Extended Producer Responsibility by integrating environmental costs into waste management processes. The program's innovative approach to tracking, measuring, and monitoring waste helps local authorities and haulers manage waste more effectively, reduce environmental impacts, and create a sustainable future. Through the EPR Zero program, HiPoint aims to lead the way in responsible waste management and environmental stewardship. This business case outlines the basic necessity and advantages of implementing the EPR Zero program, highlighting its potential to transform waste management practices and contribute to environmental sustainability through managing to monitor and reduce waste spreading, leading to a reduction in GHG emissions and NPK leaching.