For those of you who did not participate in the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA)’s first event in its Learning Series on Ontario’s new Blue Box Regulation last week, the webinar was focused on the regulatory requirements for producers of Blue Box materials and you can find the presentation slides and recording of the session on their website.

RPRA will be holding additional webinars and learning resources in the coming months to further support Blue Box stakeholders in understanding and complying with their regulatory obligations. Sign up for the Authority’s newsletter to receive regular updates and be notified of upcoming learning series events.

Visit their Blue Box producer webpage for detailed information on the new regulation, specific regulatory requirements and key dates and deadlines including the October 1, 2021 deadline for producers to register and report their 2020 supply data to the RPRA.

If you have any questions related to your regulatory requirements, reach out to the RPRA Compliance and Registry Team. Email the team at registry@rpra.ca or call 647-496-0530 or toll-free 1-833-600-0530.

RPRA’s 2021 Registry fees for Blue Box and Hazardous and Special Products now posted

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the RPRA posted the final 2021 Registry fees for Blue Box materials and Hazardous and Special Products (HSP).

These are fees that producers obligated under the Blue Box Regulation and HSP Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) are required to pay to the Authority in 2021 to recover its operational costs, including costs related to building and operating the Registry, and compliance and enforcement activities. There are no fees for service providers or producer responsibility organizations (PROs) in 2021.

View the 2021 Registry Fee Schedule for Blue Box and HSP.

RPRA consulted on its proposed fees from June 18 to August 3, 2021, and all feedback received during the consultation was considered as the fees were finalized. Stakeholder feedback has been summarized in a consultation report, which you can find on their website, as well as more information on the consultation process.

RPRA will communicate directly with potential Blue Box and HSP producers (i.e., current Blue Box and MHSW Program stewards) via email on how and when they can complete their registration and reporting requirements and pay their Registry fee.