Share and view ideas: Development of a proposed federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products
Current status: Closed
This consultation was open from April 18, 2023 to May 18, 2023.
The Government of Canada published a technical paper outlining the proposed federal plastics registry that would require producers to report on plastics they place on the Canadian economy. Partners, stakeholders and interested members of the public were invited to provide comments.
Who was the focus of this consultation
We engaged with:
- Provinces and territories
- Local governments
- Interested members of the public
- Non-governmental organizations
- Plastics manufacturers
- Brand owners, importers, distributors, and retailers
- Waste management companies and organizations
- Producer Responsibility Organizations
Key questions for discussion
Ideas and input were sought on:
- Product categories
- Stakeholders required to report
- Reporting requirements
- Open data and transparency
- Privacy and confidential business information
- Approaches to implementation, including timelines
What we are heard
In February 2023, we published a What we heard report which summarized the feedback received on consultation paper: a proposed federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products published on July 25, 2022.
Provinces and territories are providing leadership in moving towards zero plastic waste by making producers of plastic products responsible for collecting and managing them at end-of-life. A federal plastics registry will support the adoption of these extended producer responsibility (EPR) rules in Canada that are consistent, comprehensive and transparent. EPR is an important tool for building a circular plastics economy, but EPR reporting requirements are inconsistent across Canada, using different definitions, calculations, and measurements of success. This makes it hard for Canadians to access information or to know how EPR is helping Canada move towards its goal of zero plastic waste. A federal plastics registry would harmonize data and make it openly accessible in one place. The registry will also support the implementation and monitoring of other measures that are part of the Government’s zero plastic waste agenda, including recycled content requirements for plastic products. This would help move Canada toward our goal of zero plastic waste, which could reduce plastic and carbon pollution, generate billions of dollars in revenue, and create approximately 42,000 jobs by 2030.
Plastics Regulatory Affairs Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 Saint-Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
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