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Circular Materials appoints Board of Directors

TORONTO – Circular Materials has appointed its Board of Directors, which will oversee the organization’s development and strategy ahead of rule creation negotiations later this year.

The Board of Directors includes producer representatives from each of the organization’s 15 founding members, which represent food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants. Click here for the Board of Directors’ page on our website.

“As a not-for-profit producer responsibility organization created and governed by producers, Circular Materials plans to enter the rule creation negotiations to advance the collective interests of the broader producer community and Ontario residents,” said Nicole Fischer, Chair of Circular Materials.

“We will be engaging producers, municipalities and the recycling sector to develop a comprehensive strategy throughout the rule creation negotiations that will deliver the most effective and efficient recycling system in the country. Our vision is the creation of a Blue Box Common Collection System that advances innovation, delivers improved environmental outcomes and harnesses competitive procurement to deliver the best value for producers and Ontario residents,” Fischer said.

Ontario’s Blue Box Regulation requires the development of rules for an Annual Allocation Table (AAT) to organize the Blue Box Common Collection System. PROs can register as rule creators if they have signed representation agreements with one or more producers that have supplied at least 20,000 tonnes of blue box material to consumers in Ontario in 2020. If PROs representing 66% of supplied tonnage agree to the AAT rules, they may be submitted to the regulator as early as Jan. 1, 2022. Those rules will then be used to prepare an AAT that must be submitted to the regulator no later than July 1, 2022.

Producers looking for a strong representative at the rule creation negotiations should contact Circular Materials. Once signed up with Circular Materials, producers will have the opportunity to participate in working groups focused on reporting, compliance, materials management, rule creation and communications. For more information, contact info@circularmaterials.ca.