EPR is the latest acronym manufacturers, brand owners and distributors need to know to manage their businesses. EPR stands for Extended Producer Responsibility and consists of a series of programs designed to collect “contributions” (read:tax) from businesses for any products they sell in containers that will ultimately end up in curbside recycling or hazardous waste programs. Such programs vary by province, state, country and product.
Required participation is based on a company reaching a particular sales threshold. For example in Ontario, companies reporting over $2,000,000 in sales are required to participate. Packaging quantity sold also determines the involvement, such as kilograms worth of a particular package weight. If you are above the thresholds, your business will be required to report and contribute to the costs of administering recycling programs in the areas where your products are sold.
If your company meets the minimum threshold and you are the manufacturer, first importer or brand owner of products containing materials that may end up in curbside recycling programs, you are mandated to be an “Environmental Steward”. This also includes chemical producers of household hazardous or special waste products.
As the steward, you are required to report how much packaging in the various applicable containers were sold in a period and pay a fee based on the weight and type of packaging. The Guelph Food Technology Centre has a great white paper out on the EPR programs already in place across Canada and other provinces may add their own.
As developers of ERP software, it is important that our program adapt to help you manage all your business needs, which now includes EPR. From a system perspective, the packaging weight would be less than the weight of the finished product and any given item you sell could have multiple programs that apply.
For example, you may produce a meat product and sell it in a #7 recycled plastic tray, within a cardboard sleeve. You may therefore owe for the plastic and the cardboard on the same item. Minotaur can help you manage these programs and your liability in the various provinces. Speak to you Project Managers about the various options (item attributes, etc.) available for tracking and reporting on this information. If your traceability ERP program doesn’t help you manage these programs, you could find yourself using Excel or a paper based system. This will slow you down adding to your administrative burden. Talk to Minotaur if you are looking for one system to manage your business.