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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 Instituteheld 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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