Does Canadian recycling fall short?
As part of his keynote presentation at the RECYCLING COUNCIL OF ONTARIO’S 25th Annual Conference, Dr. Thomas Lindhqvist, Ph.D. in Industrial Environmental Economics (Sweden), will explain why Canadian and Ontario waste diversion programs received D and F grades when evaluated as to whether they encourage or enforce producers to take responsibility for their wastes.
Known as the father of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Dr. Lindhqvist has worked extensively around the world, supporting the development of policies, regulations and stewardship programs that mandate producers of packaging and products to take responsibility of their wastes at the end of their consumer lives.
As part of his work with the RCO, Lindhqvist has developed an evaluation tool that measures the effectiveness of the many diversion and stewardship programs legislated by government and already in operation in Canada. Detailed results will be announced at this year’s conference.
“The results of Dr. Lindhqvist evaluation tells us that we don’t really understand the definition of EPR or what must be done to properly ensure producers play a role in waste reduction,” says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director of the RCO.
As a province, Ontario is just beginning to develop programs that regulate producers to take some type of responsibility for products or packaging, past the point of consumer purchase. Dr. Lindhqvist’s review confirms that the keys to effective waste diversion programs are:
Encouraging producer to explores ways to design products or packaging for the environment;
Supporting opportunities and markets for reuse;
Ensuring proper recycling practices.
“Producers are the key players in supporting all three of these activities,” says St. Godard.
The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a not-for-profit organization committed to minimizing society’s impact on the environment by eliminating waste. Functioning as a catalyst for change, the RCO informs and educates all members of society about the generation of waste, the avoidance of waste, the more efficient use of resources and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities.
Information about the RCO, its conference and Dr. Lindhqvist’s evaluation can be found at
RCO 25th Annual Conference
May 4, 5 and 6th
Holiday Inn Select
For more information:
Recycling Council of Ontario
Tel: (416) 657-2797 ext 1
Mobile: (416) 993-5326