For almost a decade Canadian governments and industry have been exploring Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as a waste reduction and pollution prevention policy instrument. This exploration has resulted in extensive research, principles development, and the implementation of a number of both legislated and industry-led EPR initiatives across Canada. EPR has become a significant public policy approach for a variety of reasons, many of which flow from the energy crisis of the 1970s, the hazardous waste crisis of the 1980s, the solid waste situation of the 1990s, and the toxic substances concerns of today.
Marbek Resource Consultants Ltd., Enviros RIS. 2002. Assessing When to Implement Extended Producer Responsibility: Final Report. Environment Canada