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Consultation: New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper

Circular Materials Atlantic has developed a New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper on behalf of producers obligated by the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act.

To ensure the Stewardship Plan represents the interests of our stakeholders, we will be engaging producers, municipal representatives and service providers in a comprehensive and meaningful three-month consultation process, which is outlined in more detail below.

We encourage stakeholders to participate in our consultations and provide written feedback to help us finalize the Stewardship Plan prior to submitting to Recycle New Brunswick for approval in October 2022.

Have Your Say

We invite you to join our stakeholder-specific consultation webinars where we will review elements of the Stewardship Plan and provide an opportunity for questions.

Producer-focused
webinar

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Atlantic
Register Here

Municipal-focused
webinar

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm Atlantic
Register Here

Service provider-focused
webinar

Thursday, June 9, 2022
1:00pm – 2:30pm Atlantic
Register Here

Feedback

Circular Materials encourages written feedback on its proposed Stewardship Plan to ensure it represents the interests of its stakeholders.

Written feedback on the Stewardship Plan is requested no later than July 29, 2022, to info@circularmaterials.ca.

All feedback will be carefully reviewed and considered as we finalize the Stewardship Plan for submission to Recycle New Brunswick by October 14, 2022.

Key Dates

May 2, 2022: Three-month Stewardship Plan consultation period begins
July 29, 2022: Stewardship Plan feedback due
October 14, 2022: Final Stewardship Plan and consultation report submitted to Recycle New Brunswick for approval
August/September: Stakeholder feedback is consolidated, reviewed and considered
Mid-2023: The transition to EPR will occur six months following approval of the Stewardship Plan by Recycle New Brunswick

FAQs

Why is Circular Materials consulting on its New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper?

Circular Materials Atlantic is a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) that supports producers with meeting their obligations under extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations across Canada.

Circular Materials has developed a New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper on behalf of its producers obligated by the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act.

To ensure the Stewardship Plan represents the interests of our stakeholders, we will be engaging producers, municipal representatives and service providers in a comprehensive and meaningful three-month consultation process. Following the consultation period, the Stewardship Plan will be finalized and submitted to Recycle New Brunswick for review and approval in October 2022.

Who does the Stewardship Plan impact?

The Stewardship Plan will be of interest to all those involved as the province transitions to EPR: producers, municipalities, RSCs, First Nations communities, service providers and residents.

If I can’t attend a webinar date, how do I access the webinar materials?

Consultation presentations and Q&As will be posted on this webpage following the webinar session.

How do I submit feedback on the Stewardship Plan?

Please submit written feedback to info@circulatmaterials.ca no later than July 29, 2022.

When will the Stewardship Plan be approved?

Circular Materials will submit its Stewardship Plan to Recycle New Brunswick for approval by October 14, 2022. We will communicate to stakeholders when the plan has been approved.

When will the Stewardship Plan come into effect?

The transition to EPR will occur six months following approval of the Stewardship Plan by Recycle New Brunswick.

What is the definition of a producer in New Brunswick?

The Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act provides a definition of “brand owner” that the Stewardship Plan further defines to incorporate a hierarchy.

The hierarchy prioritizes responsibility on:

  1. The brand holder who is resident in Canada whose packaging and/or paper is supplied to New Brunswick consumers as the first person who would be responsible.
  2. Where no brand holder is resident in Canada, then the importer who supplied the packaging and/or paper who is resident in New Brunswick.
  3. Where no importer is resident in New Brunswick, then the retailer who supplied Blue Box materials to consumers in New Brunswick.

  Please see section 5.2 of the draft Stewardship Plan for a full explanation of the producer hierarchy.

When do producers need to report?

As the time between plan approval and plan implementation is only six months, we are planning for implementation in parallel with plan development. Producers subscribing with Circular Materials as their agent in New Brunswick are required to report the quantity of consumer packaging and paper supplied in New Brunswick for 2021 between September 1 and October 31, 2022.

If you have other questions, see our general FAQs or email us: info@circularmaterials.ca.
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