Municipalities

Municipalities and local services board areas transitioning in 2024 are required to submit the Transition Report to registry@rpra.ca by August 31, 2022. Learn more.

Under the Blue Box Regulation, an eligible community is a local municipality or local services board area that is not located in the Far North, or a reserve that is registered by a First Nation with the Authority and not located in the Far North.

For municipalities that currently provide blue box services, producers are responsible for delivering these services starting July 1, 2023 through to December 31, 2025. The specific transition date for each municipality is outlined in the Transition Schedule.

For municipalities that do not currently have a blue box program, producers are responsible for providing collection for eligible communities as of January 1, 2026.

What do municipalities need to report?

Click on the headings below for information on reporting requirements. For detailed guidance on completing the Initial and Transition Reports, see our Municipal and First Nation Reporting Guide.

Municipalities were required to submit an Initial Report with information about their current Blue Box collection systems to the Authority in the fall of 2021. This reporting process is now complete.

Municipalities must submit a Transition Report with further information about their current Blue Box collection systems to the Authority ahead of their transition date. This information will be submitted at different times, depending on the year in which a municipality transitions to the new framework:

  • September 30, 2021 for municipalities transitioning in 2023
  • August 31, 2022 for municipalities transitioning in 2024
  • August 31, 2023 for municipalities transitioning in 2025

Municipalities are required to submit the following information as part of the Transition Report:

  1. The location of residences that receive curbside garbage collection in the eligible community.
  2. The location of residences that receive depot garbage collection in the eligible community.
  3. The location of every garbage depot collection site in the eligible community.
  4. The location of residences that receive curbside collection under the WDTA blue box program in the eligible community.
  5. The location of residences that receive depot collection under the WDTA blue box program in the eligible community.
  6. The location of facilities in the eligible community that receive collection services pursuant to the WDTA blue box program.
  7. A description of a method pursuant to which additional information about the addresses of residences and facilities in the eligible community that receive collection under its garbage collection program and the WDTA blue box program can be provided.
  8. The location of each blue box receptacle in a public space in the eligible community that received collection under the WDTA blue box program.
  9. A list of materials that are collected under the WDTA blue box program in the eligible community.
  10. The frequency at which residences in the eligible community receive collection under the WDTA blue box program.
  11. The number of collection streams in the eligible community under the WDTA blue box program.
  12. The location of every depot collection site in the eligible community under the WDTA blue box program.
  13. The languages used for communications about the WDTA blue box program in the eligible community.

The requirements for the Transition Report are set out in Section 55 of the regulation.

Municipalities must complete the reporting form below and email it as an attachment to registry@rpra.ca.

If there is a change to the information submitted in either the Initial Report or Transition Report, the applicable local municipality or local services board is required to submit the updated information to the Authority through a Change Report. More information on how to submit a Change Report will be provided in the future.

Am I also obligated as a Blue Box producer?

Many municipalities may also be obligated as Blue Box producers if they supply Blue Box materials to consumers in Ontario. See the Blue Box producer webpage for information on regulatory requirements for producers and obligated Blue Box materials.

When considering whether or not they are a Blue Box producer, municipalities should also consider the producer exemptions in the regulation. Under the Blue Box Regulation, there are two kinds of exemptions that apply to producers: one based on a producer’s gross annual revenue and one based on the weight of Blue Box materials supplied into Ontario.

Revenue-based

A small producer whose gross annual revenue from products and services in Ontario is less than $2 million is exempt from registration, reporting, collection, management and promotion and education requirements under the regulation. For guidance on what revenues to consider, municipalities should see the FAQ: “What revenue should municipalities consider when determining whether or not they are an exempt producer?”.  A small producer who meets this revenue-based exemption is only required to maintain records that demonstrate its gross annual Ontario revenue is less than $2 million and provide those records to the Authority upon request.

Supply-based

A producer who is above the revenue-based exemption level may still be exempt from performance requirements (collection, management and promotion and education) if their supply weight is below the exemption levels outlined in the table below.

If a producer is above the revenue-based exemption and their supply weight in all material categories is less than the tonnage exemption threshold, producers are only required to register and report. If a producer is above the revenue-based exemption, 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.

Blue Box material categorySupply-based exemption level (in kgs)
Paper9,000
Rigid plastic2,000
Flexible plastic2,000
Glass1,000
Metal1,000
Beverage containers1,000

Information on Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Program

Stewardship Ontario will continue to operate the Blue Box Program on behalf of stewards until December 31, 2025, once all municipalities and First Nation communities have transitioned their programs to the new framework. Visit Stewardship Ontario’s website for more information on the transition of the current program, and direct any operational inquiries to: werecycle@stewardshipontario.ca.

For further information about the current program operated by Stewardship Ontario, including the Blue Box Program Plan and other program documents, the Blue Box Steward Funding Obligation, the Municipal Funding Allocation Model (MFAM), the InKind Advertising Program and Datacall, visit our Blue Box Program page.