Extended Producer Responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs ensure that manufacturers are responsible for the collection, recycling and disposal of their products when they reach the end of their use. This shifts the expenses associated with end-of-life product management from taxpayers to the producers and consumers of products. EPR programs also provide an incentive to producers to incorporate environmental considerations in the design of their products.

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and its member jurisdictions are committed to developing and implementing EPR programs through a Canada-wide Action Plan for EPR.

MMSB works with the department of Municipal Affairs and Environment to research and develop EPR regulations. MMSB is also responsible for ensuring that industry complies with approved timelines, operational requirements and diversion targets as established in EPR program plans.

Under the EPR approach, it is the manufacturers, importers and distributors who are responsible for EPR program development, implementation and ongoing management. Currently, the paint and electronics industries operate EPR programs in Newfoundland and Labrador in accordance with the province’s Waste Management Regulations.

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Waste Paint

Residents and businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador can properly dispose of all household paint products and containers in a convenient and environmentally-friendly manner at a paint collection site.

To learn more about the program, what’s accepted and find your nearest drop off location, visit http://www.regeneration.ca/programs/paint/newfoundland/ or call (toll-free) 1-888-772-9772.

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Electronic Waste

Residents and businesses in the province can make use of several recycling programs offered by industry stewardship organizations working on behalf of electronic product manufacturers.

 

Recycle My Electronics

In 2012, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Waste Management Regulations were amended to include an EPR program for the management of Electronic Waste.

Recycle My Electronics, was officially launched in August 2013 by the Electronic Products Recycling Association, an industry-led and government-approved program for consumers and businesses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

To learn more about the program and what’s accepted, and to find your nearest drop-off location, visit http://recyclemyelectronics.ca/nl/ or call (toll-free) 1-888-503-3201 for more information about the program.

 

Recycle My Cell

A second program for recycling cell phones was officially launched in October 2013. Recycle My Cell, a national industry initiative, is led by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association along with its members (wireless manufacturers and service providers).

To learn more about the program, what’s accepted and find your nearest drop-off location, visit http://www.recyclemycell.ca/ or call (toll-free) 1-888-797-1740 for more information about the program.

 

Recycle Your Set Top Boxes and PVRs

Set top boxes and personal video recorders (PVRs) are provided by your cable service provider. Check with your cable service provider about returning your old or unneeded set top boxes and PVRs:

The Future of EPR in the Province

MMSB is currently working with partners and industry to develop EPR programs for used oil and printed paper and packaging materials (PPP).