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[GreenYes] Re: Free Canadian EPR Stewardship Webcast - October 15, 2008


Check out who is sending this message. Mark McKenney works for the industries (consumer products, packaging) that have been active in Canada trying to influence the direction of "product stewardship" so that it follows the early German model. This model, which they succeeded in planting in Ontario and Manitoba is based on:

- municipalities still saddled with providing recycling -- and disposal! -- services for producers' products & packaging
- brand-owners tithe a pittance to municipal programs, leaving municipal governments footing the lion's share of the cost and all the responsibilitiy

In Germany the fabled "Green Dot" program is incinerating up to half of the packaging collected by municipalities in bulky plastic bags. Is this what we hope for from EPR?

Meanwhile, Canadian government policy on EPR is shifting in a different direction. Duncan Bury of the federal government has said in personal communication that they are looking towards "individual responsibility" rather than these DSD-type consortia that McKenny is associated with, which hold monopolies and eliminate incentive to redesign products. Note that the European Recycling Platform is a split-off from these consortia made up of companies that are promoting individual responsibility, the first glimmer of possibility that EPR can actually change corporate behaviour.


clip_image002.jpg  Here's what packaging EPR looks like in Germany. Half of this stuff goes to incinerators.The brand-owners tithe to a system that protects them from responsibility.

At 09:45 AM 8/27/2008, Gary Liss wrote:

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From: "Alicia MBenga" <Alicia@no.address>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:04:31 -0500
To: Alicia MBenga<Alicia@no.address>
Subject: FW: Announcement - Free Canadian EPR Stewardship Webcast - October 15, 2008

Dear Colleagues:


The Conference on Canadian Stewardship (CCS) is held every two years, and will be reconvened in Montreal, October 5 ? 7th, 2009. As a free service to its delegates and other interested persons, CCS organizes a webcast in the intervening year between conference events. This webcast will feature speakers from each region of Canada, speaking on the highlights of stewardship program advancements across Canada. Details about the webcast and past conferences are available on its website at :


The webcast will be commencing at: 9:30 Vancouver / West Coast USA ; 12:30 Toronto/ Montreal ; 1:30 Atlantic Coast Canada & USA / 2:00 PM Newfoundland  on October 15, 2008. The webcast is available to all interested persons at no cost. You must register at the following URL:


Event URL:


This 2 hour interactive webcast will update you on the quick changing events in stewardship and EPR programs across Canada.


For more information, contact:

Mark McKenney

Managing Director

Conference on Canadian Stewardship

Osoyoos, BC, Canada; V0H 1V6






Alicia MBenga

Executive Assistant

Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.

137 Newbury Street, 7th floor

Boston, MA 02116

(617) 236-4866   14177e.jpg

(617) 859-9889 14179d.jpg

Office hours:  9am-3pm


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