Extended Producer Responsibility Programs

On Monday, July 16th, 2012 in Get Involved

A strong practical and effective way to promote greater producer responsibility and greener consumer choices is to hold industry responsible for the waste it creates. The current waste management structure holds taxpayers responsible for industry waste products and packaging, whether or not the taxpayers purchase the products themselves. Developing mandatory Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) programs, including Deposit/Returns, would shift the costs of waste management from taxpayers to producers, resulting in more environmentally friendly products and less waste produced within the Canadian economy.

Help Elizabeth promote EPR programs. Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

Online Petition

1509 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

We call on the Government of Canada to collaborate with the provinces on the immediate development and implementation of a comprehensive national strategy to reduce waste in Canada, including the development of mandatory Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs and Deposit/Return programs, which will both reduce environmental impacts and save Canadians‟ money.

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  • Alan Todd

    Can this important petition message be set up as many conventional petition sites are with simple electronic email signature? I wasn’t able to sign this petition as is. Thanks!

    • craigcantin

      Hi Alan.

      Can you describe the problem you’re having? There is an electronic and paper version of this petition. Could you provide a screenshot and send it to elizabeth.may.a4@parl.gc.ca?

  • Anna

    Too many people have died as a result of toxic pathogens in our environment.

  • Sandra K

    The ‘send’ button for this petition isn’t visible.

    • craigcantin

      Thanks. fixed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nadine.lumley Nadine Lumley

    Repost from Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize winner and former war
    correspondent for the New York Times) on Canada’s right-wing neocon Prime Minister
    Stephen Harper:

    Harper is a poster child for corporate malfeasance and
    corporate power, just sort of dismantling everything that’s good about Canada. So he’s the kind of species that rises to
    political power and is utterly subservient to corporate interests at the
    expense of the citizenry.

    Yeah, he’s a pretty venal figure.



  • http://www.facebook.com/david.lainchbury.1 David Lainchbury

    The Alberta Energy Control Resource Board has a limit of 50 kms to hear concerns including environmental regarding oil developments. Groundwater contamination, air pollution can travel 50 kms in less than 1 day

  • nextredplanet

    We need a balanced democratic system 1/3 Environmentalist +1/3 Socialist + 1/3 capitalist =Freedom. Our present system is rigged in favor of the grid/greed based 2D indoor outdated capitalist system. Freedom for all not the rigged minority. xx”X”xx center generation 2013

  • http://www.facebook.com/KarlaBabe Karla Lysne Broadfoot

    damn good idea!!!!!

  • Helen

    A truly great idea.

  • DS

    Stop HARPER PLEASE!!!!! Get this man OUT of office!!!!

  • Barb

    Everything should be recyclable. If not, don’t manufacture it unless a company shows environmental stewardship. Even food chains should be required to make every container, bag, carton, etc a recycled product and have facilities in which their so called “garbage” goes to and is gone through & recycled. Too much goes to land fills with little thought to the effects on the environment. Society has become garbage producers.

  • Christine

    I am 72 years old and did not grow up with every cheese cube individually packed, yogurt in mini plastic containers, bottled water, etc, etc. I wonder how I could have made it to this age. This ‘convenience’ is choking the earth, and our children will pay the price. Nobody holds a gun to your head and forces you to buy these over packaged goods. Boycott them and the producer will comply.

  • Kathy Andrews

    Producers have a lot of power to reduce unnecessary, non-biodegradable waste. Packaging can be replaced with biodegradable plastics made from corn or soy.
    To continue to keep the types of non-biodegradable packaging is to contribute to serious environmental damage..especially with plastics and styrofoam, in all of their forms.

  • larryweeks@lynx.bc.ca

    Corporations of all types need to be reined in. They seem to think they are people and have a vote. I want to see no more lobbying by corporations… people are voters. Corporations that hide, degrade, destroy or damage our environment should be put on notice and their monies confiscated to protect the environment they damage. Responsibility in recycling is one way to curtail the current gold rush of businesses destroying our country.

  • Risa

    I have just returned from visiting a country which produces almost no packaging. The contrast, as I sit here at home throwing away cartons, bags, boxes, plastic upon plastic wrapping from my groceries, as well as 18 envelopes/flyers/duplicates of mailed information which I receive electronically as well, is enormous. And completely preventable. Yes to the Green approach!

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