The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has released an Excel spreadsheet-based tool and accompanying guidance pdf document for extended producer responsibility (EPR).
EPR is an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle. In June 2007 CCME endorsed the Canada-wide principles for extended producer responsibility.
CCME’s Extended Producer Responsibility Task Group (EPRTG) was established to provide guidance on the development and implementation of EPR and product stewardship programs, and to consider packaging as a first priority.
The EPR Task Group’s mandate is to:
oidentify opportunities to harmonize, make consistent where appropriate, expand, and improve EPR programs;
odevelop general guidance on EPR issues;
oidentify and explore opportunities to forge strategies for new EPR initiatives; and
ofacilitate EPR communications and information exchange among jurisdictions.
EPRTG has produced an evaluation tool and guidance document to assist decision-makers across Canada in the prioritization of candidate products for an EPR program. This evaluation tool systematically allows the user to consider implementation of an EPR program for one or more candidate products by answering a series of questions (criteria). This tool is designed for flexibility by allowing the unique circumstances of the user to be included.
The objective of the evaluation tool is to examine the relevance of EPR as a tool for managing a product at the end of its useful life. This tool can be used to determine whether EPR is a suitable program option for a candidate product (or family of products) and to help prioritize among a list of products to determine which is best suited to EPR. The guidance document presents a process designed to help identify the priority candidate products for an EPR program.
Download the EPR evaluation tool and guidance document for free by looking under “Publications at www.ccme.ca