New Brunswick

Circular Materials manages the packaging and paper extended producer responsibility program in New Brunswick.

Program overview

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 products in New Brunswick.

In May 2023, Circular Materials’ New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper was approved by Recycle NB.

On November 1, 2023, Circular Materials, the producer responsibility organization in New Brunswick, launched the New Brunswick transition to EPR. 

Transition timeline

The transition to the new system will be complete by 2027.

May 5, 2023

New Brunswick Stewardship Plan for Packaging and Paper approved by Recycle New Brunswick.

The province will implement the transition in two phases:

Phase #1: Regional service commissions 1, 2, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Phase #2: Regional service commissions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

November 1, 2023 – May 1, 2024

Phase 1 entities transition.

February 28, 2024

Ready to Report webinar for New Brunswick producers. Click here to register.

May 1 – November 1, 2024

Phase 2 entities transition.

May 31, 2024

2024 report (2023 data) due in the WeRecycle Portal.

2024 – 2027

Roll-out of school and public space service.


Multi-family buildings and unserved schools will transition in 2025.

2024 fees

The New Brunswick 2024 budget and fee schedule were published in the Report to Producers distributed in October 2023. The budget and fee rates represent the net system costs to collect, transfer, process and market our producers’ material in New Brunswick’s recycling system.

View the 2024 New Brunswick Fee Schedule

Invoices distributed in January 2024 reflect the fee schedule and each producer’s material supply quantities reported in 2023 based on 2022 sales data.

2023 New Brunswick fee rates for two months of operation (November and December 2023) for approximately half the province’s communities are available here.

Our priority remains to deliver value to producers through prudent fiscal management, competitive procurement, operational efficiencies and economies of scale achieved through our national service delivery model.  


1. Register with Recycle NB.

2. Sign up with Circular Materials as your producer responsibility organization. Contact us to request an agreement.

3. 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)

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