Shifting responsibility for waste management
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is not a new concept. Governments around the world have been using the policy for more than a decade. The idea is that a producer is responsible for a product through its full lifecycle. This includes financial and physical responsibility for the waste management.
Recycle NB began an Extended Producer Responsibility program for paint in 2009. This year (2014), it began a similar program for oil and glycol. The strategy is to phase in EPR programs for priority products and materials.
The foundation of EPR is the shift of responsibility and costs for waste management from governments and municipalities to the producers of the goods. This form of product stewardship encourages system efficiencies that have real benefits for New Brunswickers. Let me share just a few with you.
Extended Producer Responsibility Programs (EPR)
Shift end-of-life costs from municipalities and taxpayers to the producers and/or others in the product chain.
Provide producers, with expensive end-of-life management costs, the incentive and opportunity to redesign their products to minimize these costs.
Create incentives for producers to remove harmful substances from products and develop greener future designs.
Promote innovation in recycling technology thereby potentially reducing consumer product costs.
Create a solid framework for continual program development without the need for additional government legislation.
Help reduce the carbon footprint through increased use of recycled materials.
We are encouraged by public support for the paint and oil and glycol programs. We believe every new EPR program will help put New Brunswick on the path to zero waste.
Chief Executive Officer