Changes to Ontario’s Blue Box Program
Does your company supply products with packaging to a big box retail or online retailer selling in Ontario? If the answer is yes, then your company will be impacted by changes coming to the Ontario Blue Box Program.
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) was created by the Government of Ontario to support the transition to a cirucular economy through overseeing two waste diversion programs, the Blue Box and Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW). The following information is a summary of the most prudent information provided by RPRA. For further information, please visit the links provided on each topic.
“The Government of Ontario has finalized the Blue Box Regulation under the Resource Recovery & Circular Economy Act, 2016, requiring producers of packaging to operate and pay for the collection and reuse, refurbishment and recycling of blue box materials. Products and packaging included in the Blue Box Regulation are those primarily composed of glass, flexible or rigid plastic, metal, paper or a combination of these materials.”
Are you a producer?
“A person is considered a producer under the Blue Box Regulation if they supply blue box material (packaging, paper producers or packaging-like products) comprised of paper, glass, metal or plastic, or a combination of these materials to consumers in Ontario.”
“retailer” means a business that supplies products to consumers, whether online or at a physical location; (“détaillant”)
For Determination of the Producer, please refer to part II of the regulation. https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r21391#BK8
Before October 1, 2021
Producers to register with the Authority
Starting July 1, 2023
Producers to establish and operate systems to collect and manage blue box materials discarded by consumers
Starting January 1, 2024
“Producers are required to register with the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) by October 1, 2021.”
To excess recordings of RPRA information sessions, please visit Recent Webinars:
Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO)
“A producer responsibility organization, or PRO, is a business established to contract with producers to provide collection, management, and administrative services to help producers meet their regulatory obligations under the Blue Box Regulation, including:
- Representing a producer for the purposes of the creation of the rules
- Arranging, establishing or operating a collection or management system
- Arranging, establishing or operating promotion and education system
- Preparing and submitting reports.”
“There are no deadlines for a producer to sign up with a PRO, and producers are not required to have a contract with a PRO prior to the October 1, 2021 deadline.”
“Important considerations about working with PROs:
- Producers are not required to sign up with a PRO. It is a business decision if a producer chooses to work with a PRO, and a producer can choose to meet their obligations without a PRO.
- Producers can have a different PRO for the purposes of rule creation and providing collection/management services, and they can enter contracts for each at different times.
- RPRA has communicated that the PRO’s programs are not vetted by RPRA and it is the responsibility of the producers to assure their programs meet the requirements.”
For More Information regarding PROs, please visit: https://rpra.ca/programs/blue-box/regulation/pros/
There are 3 PRO’s currently registered with RPRA who have responded to EFC’s email.
EFC has been in contact with PROs to arrange opportunity for our members to understand the services being offered by each PRO, along with an opportunity for Q&A.