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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.

Consultation Information

We hosted three stakeholder-specific consultation webinars to review elements of the Stewardship Plan and provide an opportunity for questions. See below for consultation webinar materials.

Producer-focused
webinar

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Municipal-focused
webinar

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Service provider-focused
webinar

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Additional Municipal Consultation

On Monday, September 12, we hosted a consultation webinar where we reviewed:

  • The feedback received during the first round of consultations;
  • Our proposed changes to the Stewardship Plan as a result of feedback; and
  • The implementation process should the Stewardship Plan be approved by Recycle NB.
View the Presentation

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 was requested by August 5, 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

FAQs

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.