CARI advocates at all levels of government to protect recyclers:
Each member company of CARI commits to the following guiding principles:
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship are increasingly popular waste management strategies that use political means to hold producers liable for the costs of managing their products at the end of their life.
Canada officially adopted an EPR strategy in 2009, when the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) endorsed a Canada-Wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility. CARI, on behalf of its members, developed its own policy on EPR and product stewardship. CARI decided essentially to support stewardship, but only when it is necessary and always subject to the following five conditions:
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