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Blue Box Program Transition Plan

Communications & updates

Ministerial letters

Key dates

  • June 16/17, 2020: Rescheduled consultation webinars.
  • July 15, 2020: Stakeholder feedback deadline on transition plan proposals.
  • August 31, 2020: Blue Box Program Transition Plan due to RPRA.
  • December 31, 2020: Anticipated date RPRA will approve Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Transition Plan.

Background information

The transition of the Blue Box Program to full producer responsibility was initiated by a direction letter from the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) in August, 2019, to make industry responsible for both the funding and operation of residential recycling in the province.

The Minister’s letter directs Stewardship Ontario to submit a Blue Box Program Transition Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) by June 30, 2020. It is expected that RPRA will approve the plan by December 31, 2020.

Stewardship Ontario consulted on its Blue Box Transition Plan proposals on June 16 and 17, 2020. A report of how we consulted with affected stakeholders and Indigenous Peoples, as well as how we met the Minister’s consultation requirements, will be included as an appendix to the submitted Transition Plan.

Consultations on Blue Box Program Transition Plan Proposals

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Blue Box Program and develop a Transition Plan whereby stewards 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.

As per the recent Minister’s extension letter, the Transition plan is to be submitted to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) by August 31, 2020. The Minister anticipates RPRA will approve the plan no later than December 31, 2020.

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

Consultation materials

Feedback

Feedback was due by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. All feedback will be included and summarized in the consultation report submitted to RPRA along with the plan.

Questions

Please send questions to consultation@stewardshipontario.ca.


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