Under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, the Blue Box Regulation designates Blue Box materials, including packaging-like and paper products, under Ontario’s new regulatory framework for resource recovery. The regulation makes producers resident in Canada that supply packaging and paper to Ontario consumers fully financially and operationally responsible for their products and packaging at the end of life.
Circular Materials operates as a producer responsibility organization (PRO) in Ontario and is also the administrator of the common collection system on behalf of all PROs operating in Ontario. Starting in July 2023, communities across the province began transitioning to the new framework, which will be fully implemented by 2026.
Below is the timeline for Ontario’s transition to full extended producer responsibility.
Circular Materials also supports the following EPR programs.