Questions to determine if your company is an obligated steward
- Is your company resident in Ontario?
- Is your company a Brand Owner, First Importer, or Franchisor?
- Do your products generate desginated blue box waste?
- Were your companyès gross annual rsales fo any obligation year greater than $2 million?
If you answered yes to all 4 questions you are likely an obligated steward. You may wish to consult Stewardship Ontario's website. We would also be happy to walk you through what is required.
The stewardship program for Printed Paper and Packaging in Ontario was established in 2004. It is referred to as the Blue Box Program and is managed by Stewardship Ontario(SO). Through this program producers currently provide funding to cover 50% of the cost or recycling programs for obligated PPP, which are operated by individual Ontario municipalities.
A new legislative framework was introduced in Ontario in 2016. The Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition ACT (WDTA) are intended to shift to an individual producer responsibility regime, which would see the wind-up of existing stewardship agencies, including Stewardship Ontario and the Blue Box Program.
Developments in the regulations and the Blue Box Program can be found on the Stewardship Ontario website.