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Product stewardship programs in Canada

24th March 2016

Packaging product stewardship programmes (the North American name for extended producer responsibility) have been in action in Canada since the 1970s, with the first being the beverage container recovery system in British Columbia. There has been a general increase in the number of Canadian EPR programs since, with significant growth in the past 5 years, and as of now, there are currently over 80 product stewardship programs in operation. 

The programmes are run on a provincial level. For example, there are packaging product stewardship programmes in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan that either completely or partially place responsibility with obligated companies. There are WEEE stewardship programmes in place for TVs, printers, computers and laptops across the majority of Canada.

The introduction of these programmes is already having an effect across Canada with British Columbia, for example, recovering over 80% of packaging and printed paper, exceeding the 75% target mandated by the provincial law.

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