BC Scored Highest in Actions to Make Brandowners and Manufacturers 100% Responsible for Post-consumer Product and Packaging Waste
EPR Canada releases results of first Canadian Report Card on Extended
VANCOUVER, BC, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ – EPR Canada, a not-for-profit group
that monitors the rate at which Canada’s federal, provincial and
territorial governments are adopting legislative measures to make
producers pay for managing the waste generated from their post-consumer
products and packaging, announced today that British Columbia stands at
the head of the class.
EPR Canada published the score each government got in its first Extended
Producer Responsibility (EPR) Report Card, which evaluates federal,
provincial and territorial EPR policies and programs in place or
pending by the end of 2011.
“British Columbia clearly ranked well above the other governments. Its
policies and programs designed to have producers pay 100% of the cost
of managing many of their products and packaging after the consumer is
finished with them are setting the bar high for other governments in
Canada,” said EPR Canada co-founder, Geoff Love. He, like the other
members of the organization has been a central figure in developing EPR
programs and policy drivers since EPR was introduced to Canada in the
“British Columbia is seriously committed to the principles of reducing
the amount of waste we produce,” said Terry Lake, BC’s Minister of the
Environment. “We’ve worked hard for years to create policies that put
responsibility fully in the hands of producers and consumers and we
assess our progress continually to take stock of how we’re doing and
what more we can do. This recognition comes at a time when we are about
to expand EPR to printed paper and packaging and we are proud that our
hard work and success in this important area of environmental
stewardship is being acknowledged.”
Minister Lake credited his Ministry of the Environment staff and
industry for the successes BC has enjoyed.
“The success of our EPR programs is based on the efforts of the people
in my department, along with the collaboration of business leaders
throughout our province. They are the ones who make these programs work
for all British Columbians,” he said.
“Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia came in close behind BC,” said
Christina Seidel, another member of EPR Canada. “But BC’s leadership in
developing policies and encouraging programs where the producers take
lead responsibility instead of municipalities and regional waste
authorities sets the best example for the rest of Canada. Our Report
Card notes what each jurisdiction is doing well and where it can
The scores for each jurisdiction are:
BC A- Alberta C Saskatchewan C- Manitoba B- Ontario C+ Quebec B- New Brunswick C- PEI C+ Nova Scotia B- Newfoundland & Labrador C- Canada (federal gov't) F
The only jurisdiction to receive a failing grade is the federal
government; the only jurisdiction not to respond to the questionnaire
this year is Nunavut.
As a result of the unique challenges faced by the territories, EPR
Canada chose not to allocate a score this year to the Yukon or the
Northwest Territories, both of which submitted completed
questionnaires. Both, however, show progress toward putting EPR
programs in place.
The team of EPR Canada judges rated each government’s performance based
on responses their departments of environment provided to a
questionnaire that EPR Canada sent to each Environment Minister earlier
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) defines
extended producer responsibility as a policy approach in which a
producer’s responsibility, physical and/or financial, for a product is
extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle, shifting
it away from municipalities and regional waste authorities. It also
encourages producers to incorporate environmental considerations in the
design of their products.
The 2011 Report Card is the first of several annual ratings that EPR
Canada plans to produce and publish on its website, www.eprcanada.ca
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