Blue Box Transition

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has directed RPRA and Stewardship Ontario to transition the management of Ontario’s Blue Box Program to producers of plastic and other packaging. This will enable the transition of materials collected under the program to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

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Blue Box Program

Recyclable materials such as paper, glass, plastic and aluminum are collected from residences in over 240 municipalities and First Nation communities as part of Ontario’s Blue Box Program. Stewardship Ontario is the not-for-profit, industry funding organization that operates Ontario’s Blue Box Program on behalf of industry stewards (first importers, brand owners or franchisors) of packaging and printed paper that end up in residential blue boxes.

As part of our oversight of the Blue Box Program, each year we determine the total amount that stewards must pay to municipalities to operate the program. We also calculate how much funding each participating municipal program is eligible for based on the information they provide us in the annual Datacall.

We also oversee the Continuous Improvement Fund, which was created to help Ontario municipalities implement best practices to improve the effectiveness of their Blue Box programs.

Under the Blue Box Program Plan, members of News Media Canada contribute newspaper advertising to municipalities in lieu of cash funding. We facilitate the allocation of this advertising to municipalities through the InKind Advertising Program.