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What you need to know NOW about Ontario’s new blue box program

Ontario’s 253 local blue box programs will move to a single provincial collection system managed by “producers” between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2025. During the transition, Stewardship Ontario will continue to administer the blue box program on behalf of stewards.

By January 1, 2026, all existing blue box programs will have fully transitioned to the new framework, and all producers will be fully accountable and financially responsible for collecting and recycling their blue box materials when consumers discard them.

If you are a “producer” under the new rules of a blue box material (i.e., a material that is primarily made of paper, glass, metal, flexible or rigid plastic, or a combination of these materials), you might have obligations under the new program. Producers have the option of meeting these obligations individually, or collaboratively with other producers by retaining one or more Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO)s. 

Here is important information for you to know if you are contacted by a PRO:

  • If you are a producer under the new program with annual revenues of less than $2M, your one and only obligation is to keep records to prove that you qualify for this small producer exemption. You do not have to register with RPRA or meet any other requirements.  
  • If you are a producer under the new program with annual revenues of more than $2M, you have until October 1, 2021 to register with RPRA and report your supply of blue box materials for 2020. When you register, you are only required to also register a PRO if you have retained one already.  

Producers with more than $2M in sales are also required to report and keep records, but are exempt from having to meet recycling targets if they supply less than certain thresholds for paper, rigid plastic, flexible plastic, glass, metal, and beverage containers. 

For more information, please call 1-888-234-2232 to speak to a CFIB Business Counsellor.