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 has developed and is in the field administering Canada’s first environmental Report Card of federal, provincial and territorial EPR policies and program performance as its founding project initiative. For more information about EPR Canada, its initial sponsors and our EPR Report Card project that is now underway, please proceed further into our website.