Blue Box producers must sign up with a PRO or establish their own collection system before July 1, 2023

Starting this weekend on July 1, 2023, communities in Ontario will start to transition their municipal Blue Box programs to the new producer operated and funded Blue Box system:

  • producer responsibility organizations (PROs) are establishing a common collection system that will provide curbside and depot Blue Box service to every household in participating communities in Ontario
  • almost all the communities transitioning on July 1 have contracts in place to be serviced under the common collection system
  • companies that pick up, sort, and recycle Blue Box materials are signing the contracts to keep the plastic, glass, metal, and paper collected from households out of landfills

However, the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has communicated that many Blue Box producers who are required to have a common collection system in place on July 1, 2023, have not yet signed up with a PRO to participate in the common collection system.

By July 1, 2023, producers must:

  1. Join the common collection system being set up by the PROs by either signing up directly with a PRO and report the PRO selection through a RPRA registry account, or become a member of the System Access Agreement that has been established between the PROs.
    or
  2. Create an independent system for the collection of Blue Box materials across Ontario prior to July 1, 2023. Producers choosing this option must notify RPRA at registry@rpra.ca immediately and explain how their system will service over 5 million private households in Ontario starting July 1, 2023.

If a producer fails to comply with the regulatory requirements outlined above by July 1, 2023, they may face enforcement action which can include:

  • Compliance orders
  • Financial penalties
    • The maximum base penalty amount for each producer that fails to satisfy the collection system requirements set out in the Blue Box Regulation as of July 1, 2023 is $200,000 plus economic benefit, which is the value of the benefit gained from breaking the law.
    • The maximum base penalty amount for each producer that fails to implement promotion and education program requirements as of July 1, 2023 is $75,000 plus economic benefit.
  • Prosecution

All compliance orders, financial penalties or prosecutions will be publicly disclosed including the name of the noncompliant producer.

Producers are advised to take immediate action by contacting RPRA’s Compliance Team at registry@rpra.ca or 833-600-0530 to avoid enforcement action.

Click on the links above to find out more information about available PROs that you can talk to or contact CHPTA’s Michael Jorgenson at mjorgenson@chpta.ca for further information.

Last week, RPRA held a Learning Series Webinar on “Understanding Ontario’s Producer Responsibility Regulatory Framework.” 

Presentation and recordings from the webinar are now posted on the RPRA website.

Review the event materials here:

Materials and more information about the event can also found on this section of RPRA’s website.

Again, any questions related to requirements under the Blue Box Regulation should be directed to RPRA’s Compliance Team at registry@rpra.ca or 833-600-0530.