Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs shift the responsibility and cost of the collection and end-of-life management of designated products from municipalities to producers. In doing so, EPR programs provide an incentive to producers to incorporate environmental considerations into the design of their products.
The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and its member jurisdictions are committed to developing and implementing EPR programs for a variety of products and packaging types through a Canada-wide Action Plan. In Newfoundland & Labrador, MMSB works with the Department of Environment and Climate Change to research and develop EPR regulations. Once regulations are established, MMSB is responsible for ensuring that producers comply with approved timelines, operational requirements and diversion targets as established in EPR program plans.
Newfoundland and Labrador currently has EPR programs for the following categories: electronics, waste paint and used oil and glycol.
In 2013, an EPR program was launched in Newfoundland and Labrador for the management of electronic waste.
In 2012, an EPR program was launched in Newfoundland and Labrador to manage waste paint.
While oil recycling has been available in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2002, the safe disposal of oil and glycol evolved significantly in 2019 with the introduction of an industry-led program.