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    Two state-of-the-art recycling facilities planned for development in Ontario

    On June 6, 2024, Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WM Canada) announced the commencement of construction of two state-of-the-art recycling facilities in Ontario. Strategically positioned in the Region of Waterloo and the Greater Napanee area, the sites are scheduled for completion by the end of 2025.

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    New Brunswick’s transition to extended producer responsibility for packaging and paper expands across province

    New Brunswick is the first Atlantic province to transition to EPR which is recognized as one of the most effective ways to improve recycling rates and advance a circular economy where materials are looped back into the system to be used again as recycled content in new packaging and products.

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    Circular Materials Partners with Éco Enterprises Québec and Recycle BC to drive Plastic Packaging Recycling Innovation in Canada

    As of 2022 the Canada Plastics Pact estimated that the Canadian recycling rate for flexible plastic packaging such as plastic wraps and film packaging was 4%.

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    Ontario’s transition to EPR nears one-year milestone

    July 1, 2024, will mark the one-year milestone since Circular Materials kick-started Ontario’s transition to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper material.

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We create efficient and effective recycling systems

We are a national not-for-profit producer responsibility organization that represents the evolution to a more circular economy where materials are collected, recycled and returned to producers for use as recycled content in new products and packaging.

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Extended producer responsibility

Extended producer responsibility, or EPR, is a policy approach in which producers – the businesses that supply packaging and paper – are responsible for the end-of-life management of their materials.

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Our service offerings

Our full-service offerings support producers to meet extended producer responsibility regulation requirements, including collection, management, promotion and education, and reporting.

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Our programs for residents and communities

Circular Materials administers residential packaging and packaging recycling programs in New Brunswick and Ontario.

  • Alberta

    Alberta’s transition to Extended Producer Responsibility starts on April 1, 2025. Find more information about this change.

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  • New Brunswick

    Recycling programs began the shift to the new framework on November 1, 2023.

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  • Nova Scotia

    The transition to the new recycling framework will take place on December 1, 2025.

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Latest news

Read our latest news on extended producer responsibility, advancing recycling and the circular economy.