The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA), the regulator mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce the province’s circular economy laws including the transition of the province’s Blue Box curbside recycling program to full producer responsibility, is consulting with Blue Box Program stakeholders on Stewardship Ontario’s proposal to simplify the fee-setting methodology for stewards during the program’s transition period between 2023-2025.

Following consultation with stakeholders, Stewardship Ontario submitted its recommendation to RPRA to amend the Blue Box Program Transition Plan to include the revised fee setting methodology. Read the proposed addendum.  You can also review details about the proposed Simplified Approach provided in a discussion paper and a Question & Answer document.

If approved, the simplified methodology would eliminate the need for most stewards to report supply-to-market data to Stewardship Ontario starting this year with the 2022 reporting cycle (for 2023 invoices) through to the end of the Blue Box Program transition period on December 31, 2025 and thereby eliminating the corresponding work effort and save some costs. For a high-level summary of the methodology, review RPRA’s consultation overview.

Stakeholders can submit feedback on the revised methodology by email to consultations@rpra.caAll feedback must be received by RPRA on or before Friday, February 4, 2022. We recommend that our members approve this proposal and provide feedback directly to RPRA or pass on any comments to us at mjorgenson@chpta.ca.

RPRA will consider all feedback received during the consultation in reviewing Stewardship Ontario’s proposal. Stakeholder feedback will be summarized in a consultation report that will be posted to RPRA’s website following the consultation period.

Visit the consultation webpage for more information


Meanwhile, Quebec is also undergoing a transition to the province’s curbside recycling system to extended producer responsibility. 

Transitioning from a linear system to an integrated and circular model: From payer to player! 

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) is the private non-profit organization that represents the companies that place containers, packaging and printed matter on the market in Québec in their responsibility to finance the costs of effective and efficient municipal curbside recycling services.

Through extended producer responsibility (EPR curbside recycling), companies who already finance the Quebec curbside recycling system will be given control over its the system and its management in 2025, in partnership with municipalities (EPR curbside recycling).

In the current system, through ÉEQ, companies finance 100% of municipal collection services for recyclable materials, but don’t have a formal link with municipalities or the various partners of the value chain. As provided for in the Compensation plan, ÉEQ remits funds to RECYC-QUÉBEC, who redistributes them to municipalities. Municipalities have contracts with collectors and with sorting centres or sorting centres, and the latter decide to whom materials are sold. 

In the new modernized system, companies who market containers, packaging, printed matter and newspapers (C, P, PM & N) will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the management of their materials across Quebec. They will be assigned performance goals for the recovery and recycling of their materials, with realistic and progressive targets regarding market development. This is what is referred to as a circular management of materials.

The Designated Stewardship Organization (DSO), certified by RECYC-QUÉBEC, will carry out accountability reports according to the conditions defined by the Government of Quebec, specifically on performance indicators as well as on material quantities and qualities, all in order to have complete TRACEABILITY of products.

To summarize, EPR curbside recycling will enable companies to:

  • Oversee collection, transportation, sorting and processing of recyclable materials.
  • Integrate quality standards regarding collection and sorting.
  • Ensure the chain of custody or traceability of materials and transparency of accounting.
  • Innovate and position curbside recycling system as a true economic lever.

The current compensation plan will transition from 2022 through 2024 with the new EPR curbside recycling program starting fully in 2025. 

The Quebec Government released new draft regulations on bottle return and curbside recycling programs yesterday [January 26].  There is a 45 day consultation period for stakeholders/industry to provide their feedback by March 11th.  For some further info from EEQ on the announcement regarding curbside recycling, please click here.  

You can also visit the ÉEQ website for further information: https://www.eeq.ca/en/modernization/

New Brunswick

As mentioned in the last CHPTA E-News Brief, the Government of New Brunswick recently amended the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act to establish an Extended Producer Responsibility program for packaging and paper products (PPP) in New Brunswick. The regulation, dated October 14, 2021, sets out the requirements for the program.

As the agency responsible for designated materials in New Brunswick, Recycle NB will oversee the packaging and paper products program. To date, it also oversees programs for tires, paint, oil/glycol, and electronics.

Recycle NB provided a recent overview presentation (click here for a copy of the slides) on the new program.  

Submission of a PPP products stewardship plan by a brand owner or an agent must be submitted to Recycle NB by October 14, 2022. Implementation of the plan must then take place within 180 days of Recycle NB’s approval of the PPP products stewardship plan.

ACTION REQUIRED:  Brand Owners must register no later than February 11, 2022.  Please note that there is NO COST involved in this registration process – it is just a form that needs to be filled out.  Please take the five minutes to do this as soon as possible regardless of if you believe you need to register or not based on company size.  This can be amended later.

To register, please use either the online form or download the form here and email it.

Nova Scotia

Also, mentioned in the last Newsletter issue, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change is working with municipalities and other stakeholders to expand the Province’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) program as well to include packaging, single-use plastics and paper. 

The Department announced in December they will be starting a 90-day EPR consultation for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP) starting January 10, 2022.  If you would like to be a part of the consultation period to discuss these regulations with Nova Scotia, please contact Ashley David (ashley.david@novascotia.ca).

The focus of this program will be similar to other provincial programs as it largely focuses on residential recyclables that are generated from household purchases. There will be the known tonnage and revenue thresholds in place that may indicate your company is exempt from needing to file a report.

If you wish to know more, please visit the Nova Scotia website and see the press release 

You do not need to sign-up or register for anything at this point in time.

CHPTA Updates

The CHPTA is working with other trade associations to encourage EPR/Blue Box program alignment across provinces, where possible, and will continue to keep you updated on the various programs across the country including news from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon.