Overview of Ontario’s draft blue box regulation

On October 19, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced the draft Blue Box regulation which proposes to make producers physically and financially responsible for the Blue Box, a curbside recycling program in Ontario for materials like paper, glass, cardboard, plastics, and more. This contrasts with the current system where costs are equally shared between producers and municipalities. The regulation is important to retailers because they will have legal obligations to collect and manage printed paper and packaging based on the total amount supplied into the province.

The program transition will occur between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2025 with producers taking full control of the system by 2026. Over three years, the cost of Blue Box for producers will be brought to over $300 million. The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) will oversee the program.

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