In October 2021, the Government of New Brunswick amended the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act to establish an extended producer responsibility program for packaging and paper in the province. The Regulation states that producers resident in Canada whose packaging and/or paper is supplied to New Brunswick consumers are responsible for managing this material.
Recycle NB is the agency responsible for designated materials in New Brunswick and will oversee the packaging and paper products program.
Circular Materials, the producer responsibility organization in New Brunswick, submitted a Stewardship Plan in October 2022 and is launching the New Brunswick program on November 1, 2023.
The transition to the new system will be complete by 2027.
On May 2023, Recycle NB approved the New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper resulting in program implementation beginning November 1, 2023.
In preparation for launch, Circular Materials has released the 2023 New Brunswick producer fees. The 2023 fee rates represent the net system costs to collect, transfer, process and market our producers’ material in New Brunswick’s recycling system for two months of operation (November and December 2023) for approximately half the province’s communities.
As we continue to prepare for program implementation, our priority remains on delivering value to producers through prudent fiscal management, competitive procurement, operational efficiencies and economies of scale achieved through our national service delivery model.
We will release 2024 fees on October 31, 2023, which will cover a full year of operations in the province.
Methodology for setting 2023 fees
Circular Materials consulted with producer members on the methodology used to set the program fees, which included using proxy data from similar jurisdictions as well as incorporating the four-step fee methodology and its principles used for other programs to ensure fairness and to cover the costs of collecting, transporting and processing each material.
2023 invoice schedule
- Register with Recycle NB.
- Sign up with Circular Materials as your producer responsibility organization. Contact us to request an agreement.
- Report your supply data in our national WeRecycle Portal annually by May 31.
A company is not obligated in the following circumstances:
- The producer generates less than two million dollars in gross annual revenue in New Brunswick;
- The producer manufactures, distributes, sells or offers for sale less than one tonne of packaging and paper annually in New Brunswick; or
- The producer is a charitable organization registered under the Income Tax Act (Canada).
Circular Materials developed and consulted on a New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper on behalf of producers obligated by the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act.
A producer-focused consultation webinar was held on May 18, 2022, to review elements of the plan, receive feedback and answer any questions.