Low grades dot Canadian EPR report card

Low grades dot 2012 Canadian EPR report card

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

In its second annual Extended Producer Responsibility Report Card, nonprofit group EPR Canada (EPRC) released 2012 grades for 14 Canadian jurisdictions on introducing, implementing and overseeing extended producer responsibility (EPR) practices.

Of Canada's 10 provinces, British Columbia and Quebec received the highest marks on the list, both earning a B+ for their continued progress on electronics and packaging and printed paper (PPP) stewardship EPR. Manitoba was the only other province to receive a B.

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador received a C, and Alberta and Saskatchewan each earned D's from the nonprofit group. All three provinces, however, are expected to improve their grades in 2013, after making strides this year to expand stewardship and EPR programming.

The federal government did not make any significant national commitment to EPR policies in 2012, the report stated, and received an F. Canada's three territories — Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut — were not graded "due to the waste management challenges and infancy of EPR thinking in the north [of Canada]," the report states.

EPRC evaluated jurisdictions across three categories: commitment, implementation and accountability. Jurisdictions were asked to outline their 2012 initiatives as they related to introducing, implementing and overseeing EPR practices and the organization then graded them based on their answers.

EPRC plans to issue annual report cards through 2015, with the goal of "foster[ing] continued growth and improvement of EPR policies, programs and practices in Canada."

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