Nova Scotia

Packaging, paper products and packaging-like products extended producer responsibility in Nova Scotia.

Program overview

Nova Scotia is taking steps toward implementing extended producer responsibility programs for packaging, paper products and other blue bag materials. Two EPR regulations were released on August 2, 2023, with an implementation date set for December 1, 2025.

Transition timeline

September 1, 2024

Producers submit 2024 report (2023 data) in the WeRecycle Portal.

October 1, 2024

Producers submit 2023 data to Divert NS.

December 1, 2025

Program roll-out.


  1. Register with Divert NS.
  2. Sign up with Circular Materials as your producer responsibility organization. Contact us to request an agreement.
  3. 2024 report (2023 data) due in our national WeRecycle Portal by September 1, 2024.
  4. 2024 report (2023 data) due to Divert NS by October 1, 2024.

To be exempt under the Regulation, you must be:

  1. a society incorporated under the Societies Act, except a society incorporated for educational purposes such as a university or college within Nova Scotia; or
  2. a small producer with a gross annual revenue of less than $1 million a year or that supplies less than 1 tonne of designated material in a year.

Packaging, paper products and packaging-like products are designated under the Regulation, which includes paper, rigid plastic, flexible plastic, glass and metal.

Program does not include materials from an existing stewardship program: pressurized gas/hazardous products, product designed for the containment of waste, packaging used to contain or transport refillable beer containers, or books.

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