EXPRA, PROsPA & EPRO Workshop on Eco Modulation of EPR fees, October 9, Brussels

Brussels, 20 March 2024

We’re delighted to share some fantastic news: Circular Materials https://www.circularmaterials.ca/ , based in Ontario, Canada, is now officially a part of our Alliance, marking our 33rd member.

As the second Canadian organization to join EXPRA, Circular Materials is a not-for-profit producer responsibility organization (PRO) dedicated to aiding producers in meeting their EPR regulatory obligations for collecting and managing packaging, paper, and packaging-like products in Ontario and New Brunswick. Their values perfectly align with EXPRA’s 10 golden rules https://expra.eu/beliefs/ , and they were founded by 17 leading food, beverage, and consumer products manufacturers, restaurants, and retailers in Canada.

Already closely collaborating with Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ), a longstanding EXPRA member, Circular Materials aims to advance joint interests and initiatives focused on optimizing practices to improve recycling rates and drive innovation.

Allen Langdon, Chief Executive Officer of Circular Materials, expressed his excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner and collaborate with EXPRA and its members to evolve and share best practices that enhance performance, optimize operations, drive technological innovation and investments in recycling infrastructure.”

He further added, “This partnership with EXPRA is aligned with our commitment to drive circular solutions through innovation and best practices. We look forward to building on the knowledge and experiences from the European EPR industry as we build efficient and effective EPR systems in Ontario and other provinces across Canada.”

Together with Circular Materials, we’re eager to make significant strides in advancing sustainable practices and shaping efficient EPR systems not only in Ontario but also across other provinces in Canada.

On 9 October, PROsPA (Producer Responsibility Organisations Packaging Alliance), EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance) and EPRO (European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations) co-organised an expert talk on the “Eco-modulation of EPR fees as a tool towards a circular economy”.
Amanda Fuso Nerini, CONAI, in her capacity as chair of the EXPRA WG Packaging & Sustainability and Joachim Quoden, EXPRA’s MD, engaged as speakers in the round tables whereas several other members, for example from Spain, Belgium, Greece, Slovakia, Norway, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Netherlands and even Quebec, Canada joint the discussion. Not only the Commission but also Peter Börkey from the OECD followed immediately our invitation and participated actively in the workshop.

You can read the summary report from the Workshop here.