Product Stewardship

In British Columbia, industry-led Product Stewardship Programs are a government strategy to place the responsibility for end of life product management on the producer of the product. Product stewardship is also commonly called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).  Programs are regulated by the Provincial government. EPR programs shift costs for recycling programs off of general taxpayers (and local governments) and on to the producers and consumers of designated products.  They also provide an incentive for producers to improve the recyclability of their products.

An Intererst Statement on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) progams was updated by the RDCK in November 2015 as a tool for staff and elected officials to use when engaging with the Province, product stewards, and other relevant parties in discussions on BC's product stewardship system.

For more information about these product stewardship programs or to find out where to recycle these product stewardship items visit

The following products are currently managed through Product Stewardship Programs, these products should not be disposed of with your regular recycling or household waste.

  • antifreeze
  • batteries
  • beverage containers (including containers for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages)
  • carbon monoxide alarms
  • cell phones
  • electronics and electrical products
  • gasoline
  • lead-acid batteries
  • lighting products
  • motor oil, containers & filters
  • outdoor power equipment
  • packaging and printed paper
  • paint products
  • pesticides
  • pharmaceuticals
  • small appliances and power tools
  • smoke alarms
  • solvents and flammable liquids
  • thermostats
  • tires

The Recycling Council of British Columbia maintains an up-to-date 'Recyclepedia' that lists where to drop off all product stewardship materials (at no cost) for recycling.

Download the BC Recycling App, visit the RCBC website ( or call their toll-free hotline (1-800-667-4321) for more information on product stewardship.

The content on this page was last updated March 29 2017 at 1:05 PM