RPRA approves proposed changes to calculate cash portion of InKind obligation

The Authority has approved changes to the methodology to calculate the cash portion of the InKind obligation during the transition of the Blue Box Program for the 2024 and 2025 funding years. The changes will be implemented starting in 2023, until the final wind up of the current Blue Box Program on December 31, 2025.

The amended methodology will implement the following:

  • In the event that fewer than two participating communities report tonnage and revenue for a grade of ONP, either #8 or #6, the calculation will be determined with just one of the two required inputs.
  • The price index comparison steps described in the last paragraph of s.9.14.3 Contributions from the Newspaper Industry in the Blue Box Program Plan, will be omitted from the overall calculation methodology.

These changes address the required technical adjustments to the methodology for continued implementation of the InKind Advertising Program throughout the transition.

The changes were approved following a consultation period which took place from December 15, 2022 to January 13, 2023. The Authority considered all feedback received throughout the consultation to finalize the changes to the methodology to calculate the cash portion of the InKind obligation.

Read a summary of the consultation in our consultation report, or visit our consultation webpage to learn more about the process.