New Industry Stewardship Plan Leverages Extensive Knowledge Gained Across Canada
October 28, 2015. Toronto- Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), the provincial oversight body responsible for select product stewardship programs in Ontario, announced today that it has approved the pesticides, solvents and fertilizers (PSF) Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) submitted by Product Care Association (PCA).
Following extensive consultation with Canadian industry stakeholders in this category, on May 15, 2015 PCA submitted the PSF ISP to WDO. The PSF ISP was then posted on the Ontario Environmental Registry (EBR) for public consultation for 60 days after which it was reviewed and approved. The WDO announcement states that the effective date of the program will be “no sooner than January 1, 2016”. PCA will participate in the WDO transition committee which will recommend to WDO the effective date of the program.
“CCSPA thanks the WDO and Product Care for moving forward with the new ISP that will not only enhance the responsible recycling of products such as pesticides, solvents and fertilizers but provide a transparent framework for industry,” says Shannon Coombs, President of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association.
PCA currently manages recycling programs for household hazardous waste in nine provinces. On June 30, 2015, PCA took over the management of the Ontario recycling program for paints and coatings, following ISP approval by WDO in December of 2014.
The approved ISP for PSF leverages the extensive recycling knowledge PCA has cultivated over its 21 years of stewardship operations, which includes the management of similar products in British Columbia and Manitoba.
“We very much appreciate that Waste Diversion Ontario has once again entrusted us with an opportunity to positively advance the recycling landscape in Ontario,” says Mark Kurschner, President of Product Care Association.
“The extensive networks we have already developed in Ontario with our PaintRecycle Program, paired with more than two decades of stewardship experience across Canada, put us in a unique position to achieve significant efficiencies in the pesticides, solvents and fertilizers recycling category,” says Patrick Chauvet, Ontario Program Director for PCA.
Further information about the PSF ISP and the transition of program operations to Product Care is available at www.regeneration.ca
Ontario Program Director
Product Care Association
About Product Care Association:
Product Care is a not-for-profit industry sponsored association that manages product stewardship programs for household hazardous and special waste on behalf of its members across Canada. With over 500 members and two decades of experience, Product Care has devised, implemented, and led successful waste diversion programs for stakeholders across Canada and in the United States. Product Care currently manages paint, lights, household hazardous waste, and smoke and CO alarms stewardship programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, and PEI. Product Care also provides consumers, retailers, and local governments with information and materials about the safe and responsible way to use, store, recycle and dispose of the products in Product Care programs.