The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority was created in November 2016 by the Government of Ontario to support the transition to a circular economy and a waste-free Ontario. We receive our authority from the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA). Under the WDTA, we oversee four waste diversion programs- Blue Box, Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), Used Tires, and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). We also oversee the wind up of these programs as directed by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. As materials are designated under the RRCEA, we will be responsible for enforcing producer compliance with individual producer responsibility requirements for managing waste associated with products and packaging.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing existing waste diversion programs until they are wound up.
  • Approving wind up plans developed by industry funding organizations and overseeing their implementation.
  • Developing and operating a registry to register and receive information from obligated parties responsible for materials under the RRCEA.
  • Managing, analyzing and reporting on the information in the registry.
  • Carrying out compliance and enforcement activities.

Our Vision

A circular economy today for a waste-free tomorrow.

Our Mission

Enforce producer responsibility and advocate for the circular economy to spur innovation and protect the environment.

Our Values

Integrity: We believe in working in ways that consistently earn the trust and respect of our colleagues and those we regulate and work with outside the organization in achieving the Authority’s mandate. Open dialogue and transparency are key to achieving this trust.

Inclusion: Our practices continuously evolve to ensure we reflect and include the value of diversity (ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, faith, gender, culture, race, perspectives, work experiences and lifestyles) in our every day work. We acknowledge that we operate in a changing society and we will reflect that change in our work.

Collaboration: We work with team members, colleagues, stakeholders and partners to build consensus and solve problems, recognizing our obligation to deliver on our regulatory mandate.

Innovation: We create, and seek to support others in creating, new solutions by listening, learning and being open to new ideas and approaches.

Fairness: Our policies, systems, and practices are designed and implemented based on principles that ensure the realization of our mission without favoritism or discrimination. We will begin by assuming positive intent.

Accountability: We acknowledge and take responsibility for our actions, decisions, and policies, ensuring they meet the spirit of our values and reflect the mandate in which the Authority has been entrusted.