Extended producer responsibility, or EPR, is a policy approach in which producers – the businesses that supply packaging and paper – are financially responsible and accountable for those materials over their full life cycle.
Recycling programs founded on the principles of extended producer responsibility improve recycling rates and encourage the more efficient use of materials.Play video
EPR is fundamental to advancing the circular economy
EPR legislation requires producers to take responsibility for the end-of-life management of the materials they supply to consumers.
Regulations are introduced at the provincial level that contain material targets and producer obligations.
Once EPR is implemented in a province, there is a consistent material list and an integrated material management supply chain. Materials are in a constant loop and being reused as recycled content in new packaging and products.
EPR enables innovation, operational efficiencies, increased standard levels and access to materials. It is recognized as one of the most effective mechanisms for improving recycling rates.
EPR in Canada
Find out more about provincial extended producer responsibility regulations for packaging in Canada.Learn more
Principles of extended producer responsibility programs
The following principles contribute to effective extended producer responsibility programs.