Advancing the circular economy

    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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    Circular Materials is a producer responsibility organization (PRO) committed to supporting producers in meeting their recycling regulation requirements. We design recycling systems that advance innovation, deliver improved environmental outcomes and harness competitive procurement to unlock value for our producer members.

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    We are proud to work with a talented team of dedicated individuals. Together, we work to advance the circular economy and build more efficient and effective recycling systems across Canada.

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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.

  • Ontario’s Transition to EPR Nears One-year Milestone

    Building on achievements in 2023, July 1, 2024, will mark the one-year milestone since Circular Materials, a national not-for-profit producer-led organization, kick-started Ontario’s transition to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper material – the first step towards enhanced recycling across the province. This underscores Circular Materials’ commitment to technological advancements and strategic innovation…

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  • Circular Materials Partners with EXPRA to Further Advance the Circular Economy

    Circular Materials is pleased to be a partner of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), the umbrella organization for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by the obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis. As the second Canadian member joining EXPRA, Circular Materials’ commitment to advancing the circular economy…

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  • Circular Materials begins the transition to Extended Producer Responsibility in New Brunswick

    First Atlantic Province to introduce Extended Producer Responsibility on packaging and paper Today, Circular Materials begins the transition to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products in New Brunswick. This is an important milestone in improving recycling in the province. EPR shifts the financial and operational responsibility of recycling programs to brand owners…

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