06/22/2007

This discussion paper on strengthening extended producer responsibilities for Ontario’s Blue Box has been prepared by members of the Waste Management Task Force of AMO and the AMRC.
Environment Canada defines the primary function of Extended Producer Responsibility as: "the transfer of the costs and/or physical responsibility of waste management from local government authorities and the general taxpayer to the producer. Environmental costs of treatment and disposal could then be incorporated into the cost of the product. This creates the setting for a market to emerge that truly reflects the environmental impacts of the product, and in which consumers could make their selection accordingly.

"Municipalities support this definition with the understanding that existing municipal infrastructure must be fully integrated into any product management schemes to best achieve effectiveness, convenience, and cost efficiencies.