Producers are required to provide the following information when registering with RPRA:
- Contact information
- PRO information (if a PRO has been retained at time of reporting), including what services they have retained a PRO for
- Their 2020 supply data in each of the seven material categories– beverage container, glass material, flexible plastic, metal material, paper material, and certified compostable products and packaging material – as well as any deductions.
Please note that this information must be submitted to RPRA directly.
See our FAQ to understand “What deductions are available to producers under the Blue Box Regulation?”
Producers are required to register with RPRA by October 1, 2021, as outlined in the Blue Box Regulation.
After this date, new businesses are required to register within 30 days of becoming a producer.
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. Exemptions are based on a producer’s annual revenue and how much they supply per material category.
- Any producer whose gross annual Ontario revenue from products and services is less than $2,000,000 is exempt from all producer requirements under the regulation.
- Any producer who meets the exemption must keep any records that demonstrate its gross annual Ontario revenue is less than $2,000,000 in a paper or electronic format and can be examined or accessed in Ontario for a period of five years from the date of creation.
Producers can also be exempt from having management requirements for a material category based on their supply in that category
There are three exemption scenarios for producers:
- If the producer’s annual revenue is less than $2 million, they are required to maintain records only
- If annual revenue is more than $2 million, and supply weight in all material categories is less than the tonnage exemption threshold, producers are required to register and report
- If annual revenue is more than $2 million, and supply weight in at least one material category is above the tonnage exemption threshold, producers are required to meet all obligations (registration, reporting, collection, management, and promotion and education). However, producers are only required to meet their management requirement in material categories where they are above the exemption level.
There is an exemption in the Blue Box regulation for producers whose gross annual revenue generated from products and services in Ontario less than $2 million. The revenue that counts towards the exemption is revenue from products and services. Charitable donations are not revenue from products and services and therefore does not count towards the exemption. Revenue other than charitable donations that are recorded from registered charities will be considered revenue from products and services.
There is an exemption in the Blue Box Regulation for producers whose gross annual revenue generated from products and services in Ontario is less than $2 million. The revenue that counts towards the exemption is revenue from products and services. Government tax revenue is not revenue from products and services and therefore does not count towards the exemption. Revenue other than tax revenue that is recorded by municipalities will be considered revenue from products and services.
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?”.
As an obligated Blue Box producer, you are required to:
- Register with RPRA
- Report supply data to RPRA annually
- Meet mandatory and enforceable requirements for Blue Box collection systems
- Meet mandatory and enforceable requirements for managing collected Blue Box materials, including meeting a management requirement set out in the regulation
- Meet mandatory and enforceable requirements for promotion and education
- Provide third-party audits of actions taken towards meeting your collection and management requirements, and report on those actions to RPRA through annual performance reports