Recycle NB approves management plan for packaging and paper products in New Brunswick

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Recycle NB Approves Management Plan for Packaging and Paper Products in New Brunswick

Circular Materials is pleased to announce that Recycle NB has approved its Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper.

The plan outlines a management strategy for a wide range of packaging and paper products, including many that historically have not been part of regional recycling programs, such as glass jars, film plastics (plastic wrap), Styrofoam, and wrapping paper.

“We are looking forward to operating in New Brunswick and are committed to delivering an efficient and effective recycling system that will meet the needs of New Brunswickers and improve recovery rates,” said Allen Langdon, CEO, Circular Materials. “We want to thank Recycle NB for their support and look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver a results-driven recycling program for packaging and paper products.”

“We are confident that we have a plan for packaging and paper products that will best serve the needs of New Brunswickers,said Frank LeBlanc, CEO of Recycle NB. “We appreciate Circular Materials’ cooperation in the development of this plan and look forward to collaborating with them to improve recycling programs across the province.”

Given the size and scope of the program, it will be launched in two phases in New Brunswick. The first phase will be launched on November 1, 2023, in the following regions:

  • Northwest Regional Service Commission (Region 1)
  • Restigouche Regional Service Commission (Region 2)
  • Fundy Regional Service Commission (Region 9)
  • Southwest Regional Service Commission (Region 10)
  • Fredericton Regional Service Commission (Region 11)
  • Western Valley Regional Service Commission (Region 12)

The second phase of the program will be launched on or before April 29, 2024 in the remaining regions:

  • Chaleur Regional Service Commission (Region 3)
  • Acadian Peninsula Regional Service Commission (Region 4)
  • Greater Miramichi Regional Service Commission (Region 5)
  • Kent Regional Service Commission (Region 6)
  • Southeast Regional Service Commission (Region 7)
  • Kings Regional Service Commission (Region 8)

The packaging and paper program is the fourth Extended Producer Responsibility program to be added to the Designated Materials Regulation in New Brunswick. Other EPR programs currently operating in New Brunswick are paint, oil/glycol and electronics. EPR programs for pharmaceutical products and medical sharps, as well as beverage containers, are also in the process of being developed.

We look forward to supporting our producer members in meeting their EPR regulatory obligations and working together to build enhanced recycling systems across New Brunswick.

Learn more about our Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper Plan.