A producer responsibility organization, or PRO, is a business established to contract with producers to provide collection, management and administrative services to help producers meet their regulatory obligations under the Blue Box Regulation, including:
- Representing a producer for the purposes of the creation of the rules
- Arranging, establishing or operating a collection or management system
- Arranging, establishing or operating promotion and education system
- Preparing and submitting reports
A processor retained by a producer solely for the purposes of processing blue box material is not a PRO.
PROs operate in a competitive market and producers can choose the PRO (or PROs) they want to work with. The terms and conditions of each contract with a PRO may vary.
What is a rule creator?
Rule creators are responsible for developing a set of rules that will govern how producers are assigned collection services in the allocation table, and how the allocation table is created, maintained and updated. The allocation table will outline the blue box collection system, ensuring that materials are collected from all eligible communities (i.e., communities outside of the Far North) across the province.
Rule creators are PROs that have entered into a representation agreement with one or more producers for the rule creation process. PROs must register as a rule creator with the Authority on or after August 1, 2021 and before November 1, 2021. Producers that are represented by a PRO are also required to register their representation agreement for the purposes of rule creation. More information will be made available on registration in the near future.
Refer to Part III of the Blue Box Regulation for more information about the rule creation and allocation table creation process.
How to register with the Authority
PROs are required to register within 30 days of being retained by a producer. To assist blue box producers in identifying the PROs they want to represent them for the rule creation process and to meet their collection and management requirements, PROs are encouraged to register with the Authority as soon as possible.
PROs who enter into representation agreements with producers for the purpose of rule creation must also register with the Authority as a rule creator on or after August 1, 2021 and before November 1, 2021.
If you are interested in registering as a blue box PRO or rule creator, contact our Compliance and Registry Team at 833-600-0530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.