Consultation on the Nova Scotia Readiness Report

Circular Materials is submitting a Readiness Report for Packaging, Paper Products, and Packaging-like products (PPP) to Divert NS (the Administrator) on behalf of the PPP producers who have selected Circular Materials to act as their Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in compliance with the Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, Paper Products and Packaging-Like Products Regulations under the Environment Act (the Act).  

To ensure the Readiness Report represents the interests of First Nations and stakeholders, we will be engaging producers, municipal representatives, First Nations, and service providers in a comprehensive and meaningful consultation process, which is outlined in more detail below. 

We encourage First Nations and stakeholders to participate in our consultations and provide feedback to help us finalize the Readiness Report prior to submitting to Divert NS in October 2024.

Have Your Say

We invite you to join our consultation webinars where we will review elements of the Readiness Report and provide an opportunity for input, feedback and questions. 

Producer-focused consultation 

  • Tuesday, April 9 from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. ET (12 – 1 p.m. AT) – Register here
  • Feedback due: April 26, 2024 

Municipal-focused consultation  

  • Municipalities will be contacted directly by Circular Materials 
    • First round of consultation sessions will take place between March 25 – April 17, 2024. 
    • Second virtual consultation will take place in late May/early June 2024. 

    First Nations-focused engagement sessions

    • First Nation communities will be contacted directly by Circular Materials to arrange engagement sessions between April to June 2024. 

      Service provider-focused consultation 

      • Dates to be announced soon

      FAQs

      Circular Materials is a not-for-profit producer responsibility organization (PRO) that supports producers with meeting their obligations under extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations across Canada.  

      As the designated PRO for PPP in Nova Scotia, Circular Materials has developed a Nova Scotia Readiness on behalf of its producers obligated by the Environmental Act.   

      To ensure the Readiness Report represents the interests of First Nations and stakeholders, we will be engaging producers, First Nations, municipal representatives and service providers in a comprehensive and meaningful consultation process. Following the consultation period, the Readiness Report will be finalized and submitted to Divert Nova Scotia for review in October 2024.

      The Readiness Report will be of interest to all those involved as the province transitions to EPR: producers, municipalities, First Nations, municipal organizations, service providers and residents.  

      Feedback can be submitted at webinars, one-on-one meetings or by email to info@circularmaterials.ca.

      Written feedback is to be submitted to info@circularmaterials.ca no later than the following dates: 

      • First Consultation Session:  April 26, 2024 
      • Second Consultation Session: June 28, 2024  

      The transition to EPR will occur on December 1, 2025. 

      The Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, Paper Products, and Packaging-Like Products Regulations under the Environment Act provides a definition of “producer determination”. 

      The hierarchy places responsibility on:    

      a. The brand holder who is resident in Canada whose packaging and/or paper is supplied to Nova Scotia consumers as the first person who would be responsible.    

      b. Where no brand holder is resident in Canada, then the importer who supplied the packaging and/or paper who is resident in Nova Scotia.    

      c. Where no importer is resident in Nova Scotia, then the retailer who supplied Blue Box materials to consumers in Nova Scotia. 

      The regulation requires producers to submit an initial report containing their supply data for the previous calendar year.

      Reporting schedule:  

      • September 1, 2024: 2024 report (2023 data) due to Circular Materials. 
      • October 1, 2024: 2024 report (2023 data) due to DivertNS. 
      • May 31, 2025, and future years: reports due to Circular Materials.

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

      Key Dates

      March 2024

      Consultation period on Readiness Report begins.  

      April 26, 2024

      Written feedback due from first round of consultations.

      June 28, 2024

      Written feedback due from second round of consultation 

      October 1, 2024

      Final Readiness Report and consultation report submitted to Divert NS.

      June, 2025

      Offer made to provide collection services to eligible sources within the Reserves of each First Nation of Nova Scotia.

      December 1, 2025

      Program launch. 

      Community information

      We’re collaborating with communities in Nova Scotia during the transition to producer responsibility.

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