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On October 26th, Jonathan Cocker will be presenting at the 8th Annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Contracting Risk Under Individual Producer Responsibility. The CWRC website contains details for the event: http://www.cw2rc.ca/cpages/home.

The announcement earlier this year by the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment granting a waste-based ethanol the lowest the carbon intensity value ever issued a transportation fuel in that province properly raises questions as to where energy-from-waste (EfW) now stands in the coming age of resource recovery / lifecycle circularity in North America.  The answer isn’t entirely clear. Haven’t the Europeans Already Figured This Out? North Americans will do well to recognize the origins…

Following the recent shock and awe felt by North American producers at the prospect of individual producer responsibility (IPR) for their coming circular economy legal obligations, attention has inevitably shifted towards the role to be played by producer responsibility organizations (PROs) as potential surrogates for producers in the discharge of their core resource recovery duties, while the legal liabilities remain non-transferrable.  Producers will want to ask themselves… You Want Us to Join a Not-for-Profit Collective?  …

When the Waste-Free Ontario strategy was first released in 2016, the dramatic scope of the legislated individual producer responsibility regime (IPR) no doubt drew the attention of the international automakers, which have been regulated under a multitude of government-run waste diversion programs across Canada for a number of years. Individual Producer Responsibility – But For What? IPR represents a fundamental shift in product lifecycle thinking, essentially de-regulating the means by which producers resource recover their…

The explosive growth of corporate sustainability programs truly affirms the prominence, if not centrality, that many of these programs have within multinational producers across a wide variety of industries.  Further, the breadth and specificity of many of these programs can rightly be said to reflect the granular analysis in which many companies engage in determining the content and resources expenditures for these initiatives.  But what’s truly notable in its absence – either buried in the…