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EPR conference in Toronto

“Wealth without Waste” is a two-day conference that will explore extended producer responsibility (EP...

“Wealth without Waste” is a two-day conference that will explore extended producer responsibility (EPR) as a market mechanism towards zero waste.




February 2nd & 3rd 2009

9:00 am – 5:00 pm


University of Toronto

Hart House, Great Hall

215 Huron Street

Toronto, Ontario





The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has recently launched its review of the Waste Diversion Act (WDA), Ontario’s stewardship enabling regulation. Central to the WDA review is the aspirational goal of “zero waste.” The principal mechanism proffered to achieve zero waste is the implementation of effective Extended Producer Responsible (EPR) programs.

Key in the discussions surrounding the WDA review is how best to use the market place to achieve EPR outcomes — essentially, how EPR can foster competition to minimize costs and maximize environmental benefits.

In response to this ideal of an EPR-driven market, the University of Toronto (Centre for Environment, Department of Economics & Faculty of Law), Corporate Policy Group, Blakes Lawyers and the Recycling Council of Ontario have partnered to host a two-day forum, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.




The Wealth without Waste forum includes the following guest speakers. New speakers will be added as they are confirmed. Visit the RCO website for ongoing updates and preliminary agenda.


Forum Rapporteur, Michael Trebilcock, Chair in Law & Economics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law


Dr. Carolyn N. Naiman, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law ‘The Link Between Economic Efficiency and Competition’

Dr. Chris van Rossem, Lund University, Sweden ‘EPR as a Market Based Approach for Environmental Protection’

Dr. Don Dewees, University of Toronto  ‘EPR, Competition Policy and Efficient Markets’

Jack J. Quinn, Partner, Blakes Lawyers, ‘The Road to EPR in Ontario – Reforming Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act’


Viktor Sundberg, VP Environmental & European Affairs, Electrolux Home Products Corporation, Belgium

Pascal Leroy, Secretary General WEEE Forum, Belgium


Kurt van der Herten, EU Program Manager, IBM Corporate Environmental Affairs, Belgium


Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, Packaging Recovery Program (PRO) Europe, Belgium


Adrian Hawkes, Sr. Policy Advisor, Valpak, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Ontario‘s Minister of the Environment, the Honourable John Gerretsen will deliver the opening address on Monday, February 2nd


Cost to Attend


RCO Member Rate $25

Future Member Rate $300

GST included


How to Register

Registration is online only

Space is limited to 140 seats

Attendees must be registered and paid by January 28, 2009




Diane Blackburn, Events Manager

Recycling Council of Ontario

 416-657-2797 x4




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