The Blue Box program in Ontario that collects and recycles materials from residential homes is moving to a system that requires producers of products packaged in blue box materials such as paper, glass, metal or plastic to be accountable and financially responsible for them after disposal by consumers.
On June 3, 2021 the government of Ontario released the new Blue Box Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 that will begin transitioning on July 1, 2023. Currently the costs of the program are split between producers and municipalities.
The first major deadline for all producers is October 1, 2021. Producers designated under the new regulations are required to register and report their 2020 material supply data on or before this date to the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA). The RPRA will be responsible for registry administration and compliance of the new Blue Box Regulation when the current blue box program administered by Stewardship Ontario is wound down
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association has been working with other agricultural organizations to get clarity on several parts of the new regulation that will impact growers in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector. It is recommended that all potential producers review the new Blue Box Regulation and contact RPRA to answer any questions on their specific business obligations.
Producers in other provinces and territories are also included if they supply product into Ontario that is packaged in materials that will end up in the blue box system.
Contact: RPRA Compliance Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-833-600-0530.
Source: Dan Tukendorf, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association