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Ontario’s Blue Box Diverts Nearly One Million Tonnes of Recyclables From Landfill


Toronto, Ontario – July 3, 2014

Ontarians are passionate about recycling. In 2013, Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box program collected over 890,000 tonnes of recyclables – that’s almost as much as eight CN Towers and 62.8% of the total residential packaging and printed paper in Ontario[i]. Stewardship Ontario’s Orange Drop program also collected an additional 28,000 tonnes of household hazardous and special waste[ii] (antifreeze, fertilizers, oil containers, oil filters, paints and coatings, pesticides, pressurized containers, single-use batteries and solvents) at over 17,000 drop-off locations across the province.

“We are incredibly thankful for the hard work and dedicated participation of Ontario residents,” says David Pearce, Stewardship Ontario’s Managing Director, “We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to build on the great work done to date to ensure we divert even more waste in the future.”

Recent research shows that over 80% of Ontarians believe that the Blue Box and Orange Drop programs are important for the environment[iii]. Nine in ten (89%) Ontarians feel that the Blue Box is the main driver of their recycling habits[iv], while 74% claim that they dispose of hazardous and special waste properly[v]. The Orange Drop program also achieved a 30% increase in the collection of single-use batteries.

In addition to being avid recyclers, Ontarians are also environmentally conscious consumers – with 45% inclined to avoid products made by businesses that display a disregard for the environment[vi]. In fact, 70% of Ontario consumers believe that producers should fund the recycling of their products[vii].

Stewardship Ontario is funded entirely by the businesses that participate in the curbside Blue Box and Orange Drop programs. Businesses pay 50% of the costs of the Blue Box Program for residential recycling, and fully fund the Orange Drop program. These businesses exemplify environmental leadership by taking responsibility for recycling what they produce. In 2013 alone they contributed nearly $140 million towards recycling programs in Ontario[viii].

Working alongside municipalities, First Nations, waste management service providers and other partners, Stewardship Ontario continues to develop Blue Box and Orange Drop recycling services to help residents play a greater role in building a more sustainable future and a greener Ontario.

For more information, or to review the achievements of Stewardship Ontario in 2013, please view our online Annual Report, available at


About Stewardship Ontario:

Stewardship Ontario is a not-for-profit organization funded and governed by the industries (our

stewards) that make and market the products and packaging materials managed under our recycling programs:

–       Blue Box – the curbside recycling program for packaging and printed paper

–       Orange Drop – the recycling and safe disposal program for hazardous or special waste

We touch the lives of Ontarians every day – whether they are putting something in their Blue Box or returning unused paint or spent batteries to a depot or retail partner. We work to keep all types of materials out of landfill and make sure we recover the full value of these materials at the end of their useful life. We strive to find new ways to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s consumer products.

For more information, please contact:

Alastair Harris-Cartwright


Stewardship Ontario

416-323-0101 ext. 184






[v] Blue Box & Orange Drop Programs – Consumer Perspectives – January   2013





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