Nova Scotia

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 to include packaging, single-use plastics and paper. Nova Scotia already uses extended producer responsibility for many common household items such as electronics, computers and paint which are funded and managed by obligated brand owners to ensure materials are managed appropriately at end-of-life.

The Department announced in December that 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.

EPR for PPP is already regulated in 80% of the Canadian population including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. In addition to driving efficiencies, EPR for PPP provides obligated brand owners with an incentive to improve packaging, use less of it, and make it more recyclable.

Like other provinces, Nova Scotia’s EPR model for printed paper and packaging will include small business exemptions such as a revenue threshold below which a small business is not required to participate (often referred to as a de minimis); and a tonnage threshold below which a business is not required to participate.  

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.


New Brunswick

New Brunswick is further along in a new program set-up for Packaging and Paper Products (PPP). If you wish to review the regulation please see it here 

The Government of New Brunswick amended the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act to establish an Extended Producer Responsibility program for packaging and paper products 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.  

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.

The CHPTA will keep you updated on the latest news from these two programs.