November 2019
Ontario Launches Consultations on Blue Box Program Reform

2019-11-22 12:13:28 AM


The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has launched a public consultation process to help inform the province’s transition from the existing Blue Box Program to one that shifts responsibility to producers in a system known as extended producer responsibility (EPR).  

The government will consult with municipal governments, producers, waste management industries, and non-profit organizations.

The first consultation will be held by webinar on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 where the Ministry will discuss how stakeholders can take part in developing a new regulation for the Blue Box under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

To participate in the consultations, please register by Friday November 22nd, 2019 with Marc Peverini, Senior Policy Analyst, Resource Recovery Policy Branch at marc.peverini@ontario.ca or at 416-908-1528.

In August, MECP Minister Jeff Yurek and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced the Blue Box Program would be significantly reformed. The proposed timeline would see the initial responsibility of the program shifting from municipal governments to producers of printed paper and packaging in January 1, 2023. Producers would assume full responsibility by December 31st, 2025.

For more information, please see below:

AMO: Province Launches Consultations on the Blue Box Regulation

AMCTO: Province Moving Forward with Blue Box Program Reform

AMCTO: Special Advisor Submits Report to Minister to Reform Ontario’s Recycling Program


 


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