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Progressing EPR in Ontario: Moving Toward a Circular Economy


The Government of Ontario renewed commitment to waste reduction legislation, as specified in a mandate letter from the Premier of Ontario to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change:

Your ministry will do so by building on the release of the Waste Reduction Strategy and working with industry, municipalities and other stakeholders toward the objective of re-introducing waste reduction legislation. The goal for your ministry is to ensure the ongoing sustainability and appropriate governance of waste diversion programs.

Progressing EPR in Ontario: Moving Toward a Circular Economy
Presenting sponsor: Progressive Waste Solutions

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) originated in Europe more than 30 years ago and continues to evolve. It is also a pivotal policy needed to further Ontario's waste reduction performance.

RCO hosted a two-day forum to provide opportunity to hear the latest information from the European Union (EU) on newly proposed amendments to its waste directives, as well as the research commissioned to inform these amendments. 

Europe's EPR Evolution: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015: 1 - 5 p.m.

While an EU Directive provides international framework, implementation of the policy for each member state continues to vary. Areas for debate as it relates to EPR continues to focus on issues that include performance, oversight and enforcement, tracking and reporting, and competition. 

Keynote Speakers

Mathieu Hestin

Mr. Mathieu Hestin, Director, BIO by Deloitte, Sustainability Services, Paris, France, is an expert in EPR policies, reuse, and recycling; and assists public and private stakeholders on these issues. In 2014 Mr. Hestin co-authored Development of Guidance on Extended Producer Responsibility (PDF 3.5 mb) for the European Commission -- the European Union's executive body that proposes legislation for the continent.

Presentation (PDF 1 MB)


Ms. Ursula Denison has been with the renowned German Green Dot system for packaging recycling, Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) since its operational start in 1991. She has since led several strategic projects within DSD involving pricing, market research, brand development, and improvement of customer services; and was actively involved in change management process of DSD during its transformation from a monopoly non-profit organization owned by obliged industry to a private for-profit company in 2005.

Presentation (PDF 6 MB)


Mr. Chris Grove is a Senior Advisor working in the Head Office Waste Team for the Environment Agency (EA). The EA is an executive agency of the UK Government that fulfills an environmental regulatory role. For the past 10 years, Mr. Grove has focused predominantly on Producer Responsibility Regulation, helping shape the regulatory frameworks for packaging, waste electrical & electronic equipment, and batteries.

Presentation (PDF 700 KB)



Christian Holzer is Director General for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria, responsible for Waste Management, Chemicals Policy and Green Technology. Mr. Holzer has been in a leading position for the development of waste policy in Austria, which is considered one of the best performers for waste management in the European Union. He developed a landfill ban for organic waste; the separate collection of organic waste; and participated in the implementation of several Directives of the European Union in national law concerning packaging, electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulators, and end-of-life vehicles.

Reception and dinner: 5:15 - 8 p.m. 
Sponsored by Emterra Group

Serving as keynote speaker for reception and dinner was the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. 

Mr. Murray was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010 as the MPP for Toronto Centre. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. Mr. Murray is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society. He also served as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998 to 2004. As Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, Mr. Murray led the successful campaign to transfer the equivalent of five cents per litre of the federal gas tax to municipalities for infrastructure renewal and construction.

Agenda for Feb 5. (PDF)

Bios for Feb. 5 (PDF)

Progressing EPR in Ontario: Feb. 6, 2015: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Day Two gathered stakeholders to discuss six key topics on EPR in Ontario in anticipation of upcoming waste legislation.

A Focus on Ontario: Developing Model EPR Legislation:

  • Role of EPR in Waste Reduction Policy (sponsored by StewardChoice) 
    Paul Evans (Deputy Minister, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Rob Cook (CEO, Ontario Waste Management Association), Monika Turner (Director of Policy, Association of Municipalities of Ontario)
  • Oversight and Compliance
    Glenda Gies (President, Glenda Gies and Associates), Ursula Denison 
  • Producer Performance Setting and Monitoring Compliance
    Rick Findlay (President, RFCL Innovations Inc.), Vincent Sferrazza (Director of Policy, Planning & Support: Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto)
  • Canadian Competition Bureau
    Catherine Hariton (Competition Law Officer, Canadian Competition Bureau) 
  • Competition for Producers
    Andrew Horsman (Executive Director, Ontario Tire Stewardship), Mark Kurschner (President, Product Care Association), Ken Friesen (Director, StewardChoice)
  • Competition for Service Providers
    Cindy Coutts (President, SIMS Canada), Al Metauro (President & CEO Green by Nature EPR), James Ewles (President, Raw Materials Corporation)
  • Managing Change (sponsored by Ontario Tire Stewardship) 
    Andrew Horsman, Monika Turner, Rob Cook

Agenda for Feb 6. (PDF)

Bios for Feb. 6 (PDF)

Presentation (PDF 6 MB)


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