Ontario’s Blue Box Supply Reporting is Now Open

Ontario’s Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA)’s Registry is now open for producers of Blue Box materials to submit their annual Supply Report by May 31, 2023. Producers will also need to pay their 2023 Program Fees (fees to cover RPRA’s operational costs etc. not the fees related to funding for actual material recycling etc.) when reporting.

For this year’s Blue Box supply reporting, producers must complete the following:

  • Confirm if their revenue is above or below the $2 million threshold
  • Provide 2022 supply data in each of the seven material categories
    • Beverage container, glass, flexible plastic, rigid plastic, metal, paper, and certified compostable products and packaging
  • Provide, if applicable, any deductions
  • Provide a list of the brands that make up their 2022 supply data
  • Identify the percentage of newspaper supply counted towards total Blue Box materials supplied (newspaper producers only)
  • Pay the associated 2023 program fee

Learn more about reporting requirements here.

Supply and Performance Reporting is Now Open for Batteries, ITT/AV, and Lighting

RPRA’s Registry is now open for producers of batteries, ITT/AV, and lighting to submit their annual Supply Report by April 30, 2023. Producers will also need to pay their 2023 Program Fees when reporting.

Battery and ITT/AV producers, PROs, and service providers are also required to submit their annual Performance Reports in the Registry by April 30, 2023.

Learn more about reporting requirements here. 

Blue Box, HSP and Lighting Supply Reported in 2022 and Management Requirements for 2023 Now Posted to RPRA Website

Blue Box, HSP, and lighting supplied tonnes reported in 2022 and management requirements for 2023 are now posted on the Resource Recovery Reports page of RPRA’s website.

Read the 2021 Datacall Report

The 2021 Datacall Report summarizes information generated by the 246 programs participating in the Blue Box Program in 2021 and highlights residential waste management trends. The report is now available on RPRA’s website. Learn more here.

Save the Date: RPRA Annual Public Meeting and Learning Series Event: Understanding Ontario’s Producer Responsibility Regulatory Framework 

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, RPRA will hold its Annual Public Meeting in person on June 21, 2023 at the St. James Cathedral Centre in downtown Toronto.

Later in the afternoon on June 21st, the next installment of RPRA’s long-running Learning Series Event will be held in the same venue. This free workshop will provide registrants and stakeholders an opportunity to network and learn more about Ontario’s circular economy laws, the transition of the Blue Box Program, and RPRA’s role and mandate. 

Registration information, including agendas, speaker profiles, and links to participate virtually, will be provided in the coming weeks.

The Government of Saskatchewan has completed amendments to the province’s Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations, 2023. 

The new regulations came into effect on March 31, 2023 and you can download a copy here. 

The new regulations will result in benefits for producers, municipalities, residents, the economy and the environment, and will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the program. Key changes include:

  • Transitioning to a program fully funded and operated by producers (from current 75%) through a phased-in approach;
  • Changing business exemptions and clarifying which businesses in the supply chain hold the responsibilities of a producer;
  • Expanding and clarifying the types of packaging and products included in the program;
  • Improving compliance enforcement;
  • Defining the waste management hierarchy and establishing requirements for material-specific recycling and diversion targets; and
  • Establishing a requirement for a program review every five years.

Based on engagement feedback, the ministry did not include the following in the regulations: the collection of single-use products; requiring all businesses to register and provide evidence of meeting exemption criteria; requiring collection from public spaces and schools; and requiring non-financial audits of reported program data.

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Environment is offering information sessions to highlight the key changes to The Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations, 2023. The information sessions will take place on May 17 and May 30, 2023. The same presentation will be provided at each session with time for questions.

Please register for the sessions in advance through the registration pages below:

For questions about the new regulations, please contact Brienne.Bennett@gov.sk.ca (306-787-7032) or Kyla.Clincke@gov.sk.ca (306-787-2255).


Rules for Plastics Recyclability/compostability Labelling and Recycled Content, Development of a Federal Plastics Registry   

In the next CHPTA E-News Brief, we will have some further comments on two documents released this week by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in support of the Federal Government’s zero plastic waste agenda which included: (1) a Regulatory Framework for Recycled Content and Labelling for Plastics Regulations and (2) a Technical Paper on a Federal Plastics Registry for producers of plastics products – so keep an eye out for further information in the next issue.