Canada: Environment, Energy & Resources Law Report - May, 2010

Special Report: Extended Producer Responsibility

Highlights

The MOE's "extended producer responsibility" model will expand the number of material streams designated for diversion, while shifting full responsibility for this onto producers. While everybody agrees the system needs to be more efficient, cost effective and operationally flexible, there is a lot of disagreement on how to achieve these objectives without jeopardizing the gains made to date. We don't know how the Ministry plans to reconcile the disparate comments it is receiving, but we do know the initiative is considered a "high priority". A follow-up report or perhaps even revisions to the Waste Diversion Act itself are expected within "a month or so."