Widely known and referred to as the Blue Box Program, Ontario’s packaging and printed paper program started in May 2004, following government legislation in September 2002, which made industry responsible for funding 50 per cent of the costs for operating a packaging and printed paper recycling program.
As the first extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for residential packaging and printed paper in Canada, the program has been managed by Stewardship Ontario since May 2004.
Stewardship Ontario is a non-profit organization established in November 2002 to develop a program plan to represent industry stewards in fulfilling their obligations to fund 50 per cent of the cost of managing the collection and processing of residential packaging and printed paper.
Stewardship Ontario is designated in legislation as an ‘Industry Funding Organization’ and operates the Blue Box and Municipal Household or Special Waste (MHSW) Programs.
Stewardship Ontario is overseen by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) which was proclaimed as part of the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 that received Royal Assent in June, 2016. This Act replaces the existing Waste Diversion Act Stewardship Ontario previously operated under.
Stewardship Ontario, on behalf of its stewards, continues to exceed the provincial recycling rate target of 60 per cent each year. For more information visit: www.stewardshipontario.ca