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Blue Box Program Transition Plan

Approved Transition Plan and Related Documents

Simplified Fees - Transition Plan Addendum and Related Documents

Communications & Updates


Development of the Transition Plan

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Blue Box Program and develop a Transition Plan whereby producers will be made fully responsible for both the funding and operation of residential recycling in the province under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

Stewardship Ontario consulted with stakeholders on its Blue Box Transition Plan proposals on June 16 and 17, 2020.

Consultation materials

After approval from the Board of Directors, Stewardship Ontario submitted its proposed Transition Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA).

RPRA consulted on the Transition Plan in October and November, 2020. More information on RPRA’s consultation is available here.

Blue Box Simplified Fees Approved

May 5, 2022

The Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) has provided final approvals for Blue Box simplified fee setting. Stewardship Ontario can confirm that most stewards will no longer need to report their annual supply data to Stewardship Ontario.

RPRA had provided conditional approval of simplified fee setting on March 2, 2022. Stewardship Ontario has now satisfied the conditions and the Rules for Stewards and the Policy that will guide implementation have been finalized.

The Policy for Simplified Steward Fee Setting During the Blue Box Wind Up includes the following optional and mandatory circumstances where the simplified fee setting model will not apply:

  • Stewards that Enter the Ontario Market, Leave the Ontario Market, or have not Filed their Complete and Accurate 2020 and 2021 Reports for any Reason (data reports need to be submitted via the WeRecycle Portal)
  • Divestiture of a Business Subsidiary or Product Line and potentially the corresponding acquisition by another steward
  • Discontinuance of a Product Line
  • Newspapers that are Subject to the CNA/OCNA Amendment to the Stewardship Ontario Blue Box Program Plan (data reports need to be submitted via the WeRecycle Portal).

Stewards are encouraged to review the simplified fee documents available on the Stewardship Ontario website to determine if they may be required to submit detailed material reports to Stewardship Ontario for the remaining years of the program, which ceases operations in 2025.

Stewardship Ontario is available to assist with questions about how the Policy circumstances apply to individual situations and can advise on specific reporting requirements and timelines. Please contact us:

Note that most stewards (referred to as producers under the new Blue Box Regulation), will likely be required to submit 2021 designated material information to RPRA in the fall of 2022, regardless of whether or not material reports were submitted Stewardship Ontario. Stewards should refer to the RPRA website for additional details, including reporting deadlines.

Consultation on Blue Box Rules and New Policy for 2022

March 4, 2022

Following the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority’s (RPRA) recent conditional approval of the simplified fee-setting proposal for the Blue Box program, Stewardship Ontario will be consulting stakeholders about draft program Rules and a new Policy that will guide implementation.

Following the approval, and once Stewardship Ontario satisfies the specified conditions, most stewards will not be required to submit detailed material reports to Stewardship Ontario. This change may be effective beginning in 2022 and will be in place for the remaining years of the program, which ceases operations in 2025. Annual fees will be calculated from each steward’s budget share, with the percentage based on individual steward fees for invoice years 2021 and 2022 (2019 and 2020 sales data years).

The draft program Rules and Policy provide details about steward requirements for simplified fee setting. The drafts, along with the Addendum to the Blue Box Program Transition Plan and RPRA’s approval letter with conditions are available on the Stewardship Ontario website.

Stakeholders are encouraged to review the drafts and provide feedback during a two-week consultation period ending March 18, 2022. Comments and questions can be submitted to:

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