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British Columbia, Canada Brings in First Complete Waste Electrical & Electronics Extended Producer Responsibility Program in North America

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:18 pm, August 31st, 2012Comments0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it comes with a battery or a plug British Columbia now recycles it. As of July 1, 2012, BC has expanded its extended producer responsibility (EPR) recycling programs to collect and safely deal with the largest variety of waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) of any other jurisdiction in North America. For the first time in North America, all end-of-life electronic and electrical products can now be recycled.

As the demands of recycling have increased, so have the number of industry-led stewardship agencies in response to the BC Recycling Regulation. The Recycling Regulation shifts taxpayer funded responsibility for managing end-of-life products and packaging to producers and consumers.

In 2009, the Electronics and Electrical Category defined under the BC Recycling Regulation was amended to phase in an expanded list of products to fall under EPR programs, culminating in the July 1, 2012 compliance date.

In the case of WEEE, several collection channels were cooperatively developed. The use of existing Encorp Pacific (Canada) Return-It™ depots by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) began in 2007. Encorp was contracted to manage EPRA’s operations under the Return-It™ Electronics label. Independently owned depots are situated throughout BC allowing consumers and businesses easy access. Businesses with large volume of used products can utilize the free of charge direct pick-up services. EPRA also works with businesses that collect end-of-life electronic products from vendors like the BC Lottery Corporation who collects and arranges the recycling of old video gaming machines.

The WEEE programs started out recycling computers, televisions, key boards and printers and now collect: all batteries, cell phones, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lighting equipment, smoke detectors, small and large appliances, electrical and electronic tools, medical devices, automatic dispensers, toys, musical instruments, leisure and sports equipment, monitoring and control instruments, IT and telecommunications equipment and accessories for use with any e-waste products.

Detailed analysis and results, as provided by Global Product Stewardship Council Corporate Members Encorp Pacific (Canada) Vice President, Development & CMO Sandy Sigmond, has been made available on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

Other GlobalPSC members based in the province include the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Product Stewardship Institute

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:47 pm, August 13th, 2012Comments18

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle—with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. With experience in nearly 20 product categories, PSI brings together stakeholders with varying interests to develop product stewardship solutions in a collaborative manner, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, encouraging product design changes, and advocating for producer responsibility.

PSI has 47 state environmental agency members and hundreds of local government members, along with over 100 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners. Together, they achieve their product stewardship goals by designing, implementing, evaluating, strengthening, and promoting both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America.

PSI strives to achieve the following financial, social, and environmental goals with every initiative it undertakes:

  • Minimize waste management costs, particularly for taxpayers and government agencies;
  • Create recycling and waste management jobs in safe, fair trade conditions; and
  • Reduce waste, increase product reuse, and boost recycling rates while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and the use of toxic chemicals.

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – BC Ministry of Environment

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:04 am, June 19th, 2012Comments8

 

British Columbia is a leader in developing producer responsibility programs. The BC Recycling Regulation requires producers to collect and recycle the products that they make and sell. This provides producers with a financial incentive to make and sell products that are more durable, reusable and recyclable; contain less toxic material and never become waste.

The BC Ministry of Environment oversees 18 industry-led product stewardship and EPR programs, currently more than any other North American jurisdiction. The programs and the years they were first implemented are:

  • Paint (1994)
  • Pesticides (1996)
  • Gasoline (1996)
  • Solvents and flammable liquids (1996)
  • Pharmaceuticals (1996)
  • Beverage containers (1997)
  • Lubricating oil (2003)
  • Tires (2007)
  • TVs and computers (2007)
  • Batteries (2009)
  • Cell phones / mobile phones (2009)
  • Audio Visual (2010)
  • Thermostats (2010)
  • Fluorescent lamps (2010)
  • Car batteries  (2011)
  • Smoke detectors (2011)
  • Antifreeze (2011)
  • Small appliances (2011)
  • Expansion to Electronic and Electronic Product Category, including: large appliances; tools; automatic dispenser; medical equipment; lamps and fixtures; ITT; toys; monitoring and control equipment; audio visual and media (2012)
  • Packaging and printed paper (2014)

In September 2011, the Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute held a special policy breakfast session with the Ministry about BC’s new requirement that all producers of packaging and printed paper collect and recycle the products they make and sell. Event details and presentations are available here.

 

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