On Thursday, June 3, 2021 the Government of Ontario filed producer responsibility regulation for Blue Box materials under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA).
Through this regulation it makes producers of Blue Box materials fully responsible for managing their products by:
The Blue Box regulation also puts into place a new framework that:
In addition, Ontario Regulation 101/94: Recycling and Composting of Municipal Waste was amended to require any local municipality that operates a Blue Box program as of August 15, 2019 to continue to provide the service until the municipality’s Blue Box program has transitioned to producer responsibility under this new regulation. Requirements that a local municipality operate a Blue Box program would be fully repealed by 2026.
Regulation will require producers of paper, packaging, packaging-like products and single-use items to:
Regulation will not:
Producers of Blue Box materials are required to register with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority by October 1, 2021.
Extended producer responsibility is designed to assign economic and environmental accountability to producers, and we support its application to Ontario’s Blue Box program. For far too long municipalities and taxpayers have had to share the burden of cost on a collection and recycling system. By transferring cost fully to producers we hope to see innovation in packaging that is designed for efficient collection and recovery at end of life.While we applaud government for addressing the Blue Box program and residential printed paper and packaging, the bulk of waste generated in these streams is by the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional sector.To truly support and advance the circular economy and ensure that resources are kept in circulation in closed-loop system we need to address all sources of waste – residential and commercial – with comprehensive data reporting to ensure transparency and accountability.Jo-Anne St.GodardExecutive DirectorCircular Innovation Council
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