Under the Blue Box Regulation, processors of Blue Box materials are required to register with RPRA. The registration deadline in the regulation is April 1, 2022. RPRA recognizes that additional time for registration is needed. As the regulator responsible for enforcing the Blue Box Regulation, RPRA is giving processors until April 29, 2022 to register.
Here are some FAQs to help processors get started:
Am I a processor under the Blue Box Regulation?
A processor is a person who processes Blue Box material that was supplied to a consumer in Ontario for the purposes of resource recovery.
Under the Blue Box Regulation, processors work with producers (or producer responsibility organizations operating on their behalf) who are required to establish and operate a collection and management system for Blue Box materials.
For the purposes of resource recovery, processing includes but is not limited to:
- Bailing paper and cardboard shredding
- Plastic reprocessing including grinding, washing, pelletizing, compounding, etc.
- Crushed glass reprocessing
- Aluminum and steel reprocessing
Do all processors have to register with RPRA by April 29, 2022?
RPRA uses a risk-based approach to determine processor compliance for registration and reporting purposes, as set out in its Risk-Based Compliance Framework. At this time, RPRA has determined that our compliance priority will be to register material recovery facilities (MRFs) that process Blue Box materials supplied to consumers in Ontario for personal, family or household use, as well as MRFs that process beverage containers supplied to consumers in Ontario for personal, family, household or business use.
RPRA will provide more guidance on which secondary processors will need to register and what recovered resource data will need to be reported at a later date.