EPR Canada Releases 2014 Extended Producer Responsibility Report Card Scoring Canadian Jurisdictions' Implementation of EPR Policies and Programs
EPR Canada Awards Highest Grade Ever – an A – to British Columbia
Update: October 1, 2015
EPR Canada has released its third scored report card assessing the progress the federal, provincial and territorial governments are making in adopting extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies and programs in compliance with their commitment to the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Canada-wide Action Plan on EPR.
Top score for policies and programs carried out in 2014 goes to the Province of British Columbia which garnered an overall A, the highest grade EPR Canada has ever awarded under its report card program. BC shared top score, a B+, with Quebec in the previous scored report card and took top honours in the first report card published in 2012 with an A-.
As is EPR Canada's practice, the report card includes a jurisdiction by jurisdiction review of the progress made during the program year. Included in this year's report card is not only "Highlights of the Year's Responses" but also a quick reference "Summary of Jurisdictions' Key EPR Characteristics" which illustrates the status of the jurisdictions' progress measured against a number of the questions posed in the EPR Canada questionnaire. (See the 2014 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Report Card.)
Individual scores with comparisons to 2013 were:
In recognition that implementing EPR policies and programs take time, EPR Canada published an EPR Summary Report in 2013 instead of a scored report card. The next and final scored report card will be published in 2017 covering the 2016 program year.
EPR Canada Thanks its 2015 Sponsors
How is EPR different from product stewardship?
Some waste diversion programs are designed and operated by governments (municipalities or provinces) or by quasi-governmental administrative authorities in which producers, if involved, are in a minority. These programs are financed by government or by fees levied by government on producers and/or consumers. These programs are considered examples of product stewardship or partial EPR, depending on the degree of producer involvement in designing, operating and/or financing the program.
Only programs where producers are solely and fully responsible for designing, operating and financing the diversion program and are accountable for the program’s environmental performance are considered full EPR.
Transitioning from product stewardship to EPR
Diversion programs implemented by provinces and territories were often originally designed as product stewardship programs, delivered by government or by quasi-governmental administrative authorities. Given the direct or indirect involvement of government, these programs typically deliver the province’s desired environmental outcomes.
As product stewardship programs are transitioned to EPR to comply with CCME’s Canada-wide Action Plan on EPR, governments face the challenge of establishing an effective policy and regulatory framework that both transitions responsibility to producers to design, operate and finance diversion programs while ensuring that producer-operated programs continue to deliver the desired environmental outcomes.
What is Extended Producer Responsibility?
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility (physical and/or financial) for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of the product’s life cycle. EPR shifts responsibility upstream in the product life cycle to the producer and away from municipalities and regional waste authorities. As a policy approach it provides incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations into the design of their products. EPR also shifts the historical public sector tax-supported responsibility for some waste to the individual brand owner, manufacturer or first importer.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has become a widely used environmental instrument for the management of end-of-life products and wastes. Governments and the public started the drive for EPR, but it is producers that have stepped up to take responsibility and operate a number of cost effective programs with high rates of waste diversion and positive environmental impacts. EPR is a Canadian environmental success story.
What and who is EPR Canada?
EPR Canada has been formed as a not-for-profit association by a small group of like-minded individuals who have been connected with producer responsibility programs across Canada for a combined period of over 100 years. The mission of the association is to help ensure the continued growth and improvement of EPR policies, programs and practices in Canada.
EPR Canada is dedicated to fostering informed debate and to being a forum through which EPR public policy officials, practitioners, stakeholders and experts can work together to advance EPR in Canada. EPR Canada will focus on and promote:
- Leadership and innovation;
- Best practices in policy and program operations; and
- Defining and advancing efficient and effective program development, implementation, management and harmonization
EPR Canada developed Canada’s first environmental Report Card of federal, provincial and territorial EPR policies and program performance as its founding project initiative. The results of first EPR Canada Report Card were announced and published in July 2012.
EPR Canada develops each annual Report Card according to the following stages:
- Distribution of the EPR Canada Report Card Questionnaire: February
- Federal, provincial and territorial EPR submissions due: late May
- EPR Canada assessment of the submissions and preparation of the Report Card: May to August
- Announcement of the Report Card results: September/October
To learn more about EPR Canada and the EPR Report Card, please visit the following pages.
EPR Canada is grateful for the graphic expertise of Bev Stone who has contributed time and skills to assist us in the presentation of our EPR Report Card and other communication materials. Bev can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPR Canada Report Card Sponsors
The members of EPR Canada contribute their time and efforts to further the organization’s objectives voluntarily and without remuneration, although some expenses are reimbursed. To assist with expenses related to announcing and publishing the results of the annual Report Cards, we are grateful for the support of sponsors. Through their financial contributions, EPR Canada can continue to encourage EPR policy and program development, implementation and harmonization across Canada.