Environment Minister Releases Ontario’s  Environment Plan

Ontario’s new Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan will protect our air, land and water. It will also reduce litter and waste, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan  outlines the government policy direction on waste management for Ontario and can be read below;

        A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

For all the latest news on Waste Management from the Government of Ontario:  Waste Management/Ontario  

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority https://rpra.ca/ was created in November 2016 by the Government of Ontario to support the transition to a circular economy and a waste-free Ontario. We receive our authority from the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA). 

Under the WDTA, RPRA oversees three waste diversion programs- Blue Box, Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)– and their eventual wind up.

Under the RRCEA, we enforce individual producer responsibility (IPR) requirements for managing waste associated with products and packaging. Learn more about IPR.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing existing waste diversion programs until they are wound up.
  • Approving wind-up plans developed by industry funding organizations and overseeing their implementation.
  • Developing and operating a registry for producers responsible for materials under the RRCEA to register with the Authority and report on waste recovery.
  • Managing, analyzing and reporting on the information in the registry.
  • Carrying out compliance and enforcement activities.
  • Fostering the circular economy to spur innovation and protect the environment.


Government releases proposed Blue Box Regulation for Public comment 

November 2, 2020- The Government of Ontario has posted its proposed Blue Box Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 for public consultation. When finalized, the regulation will support the transition of Ontario’s Blue Box Program to a new framework for waste diversion and resource recovery that makes producers individually accountable and financially responsible for their products and packaging when consumers are finished using them. The government is seeking feedback on the proposed regulation until December 3, 2020. Learn more

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