RCC's statement on Ontario's transition to Extended Producer Responsibility - Retail Council of Canada
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RCC’s statement on Ontario’s transition to Extended Producer Responsibility

June 30, 2023

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has been a driving force behind Ontario’s transition to a new blue box system, including being a co-founder of Circular Materials, the non-profit organization that was formed to lead the common collection system. Tomorrow marks the launch of this transition to 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), where industry assumes full responsibility for all residential recycling.

Under the new system, producers that make packaging decisions will now pay full end-of-life recycling costs, including the collection, processing, and recycling of materials. As we’ve seen around the world, EPR creates a strong incentive for businesses to move away from hard-to-recycle materials, by shifting to more sustainable product and packaging design options that minimize natural resource consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As the largest sector paying into Ontario’s blue box program, retailers share a common view that EPR is a powerful policy tool to facilitate a circular economy. We believe that printed paper and packaging do not belong in landfills and that valuable resources recovered from within these products should be fed back into a circular economy.

Ontario residents and consumers are the real winners of this transition. A harmonized recycling system under EPR will reduce municipal waste management costs while promoting a transformative shift towards improved resource management and positive environmental outcomes.

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez communiquer avec :

Sebastian Prins
Directeur, Relations gouvernementales (Ontario)
416 467-3759