Yes, there are some key changes to the data reported to Stewardship Ontario and what needs to be reported under the new regulation, which may affect what a producer is obligated for and should be considered if using data previously reported to Stewardship Ontario:
- There are fewer reporting categories than under the Stewardship Ontario program
- Certified compostable packaging and products now must be reported separately, but this category does not have management requirements
- There are only two deductions permitted under the Blue Box Regulation, and producers must report total supply and then report any weight to be deducted separately
- Exemptions are based on tonnage supply under each material category instead of a total supply weight threshold of less than 15 tonnes as in Stewardship Ontario’s program
See our FAQ to understand “What deductions are available to producers under the Blue Box Regulation?”; “Are there exemptions for Blue Box producers?“; “Are there any differences in Blue Box producer hierarchies between the current Stewardship Ontario program and the new Blue Box Regulation?”; and “Are there are any differences in obligated Blue Box materials between the current Stewardship Ontario program and the new Blue Box Regulation?”
Yes, there are several newly obligated packaging/products under the Blue Box Regulation, including:
- Unprinted paper
- Packaging-like products, such as aluminum foil, metal trays, wrapping paper, paper bags, cardboard boxes and envelopes
- Service accessories, such as straws, cutlery or plates that are supplied with a food or beverage product
- Durable products, such as CD cases, box board for board games/puzzles and power tool cases
Note: Another change is that beverage containers are obligated regardless of the sector they are supplied into (personal, family, household, or business purposes).
Yes, there have been some key changes to the producer hierarchies which may affect what a producer is obligated for and should be considered if using data previously reported to Stewardship Ontario:
- If a retailer is determined to be the producer based on hierarchies, but they are a marketplace seller, the marketplace facilitator is the obligated producer.
- Brand holders that are resident in Canada are obligated, which varies from the Stewardship Ontario program where brand holders that are resident in Ontario are obligated.
See our FAQ to understand “Who is a marketplace facilitator?”.
Yes, producers are legally required to register and report to RPRA. Additionally, there are some differences between what materials were reported to Stewardship Ontario and what must now be reported to RPRA. Differences include:
- Newly obligated materials
- Brand holder in Canada now obligated (rather than Ontario)
- Producer must report total supply, and then report any weight to be deducted separately.
The producer registration form has a reporting table to facilitate the use of data that was previously reported to Stewardship Ontario, but producers must ensure that data reported to Stewardship Ontario is accurate supply data under the new regulation.
During transition years, stewards will be obligated and have to meet their requirements (e.g., reporting to Stewardship Ontario) under the Blue Box Program Plan and the WDTA and required to meet their obligations under the new Blue Box Regulation under the RRCEA, which includes registering, reporting and paying their Registry fee to RPRA.