Created on 6/3/2021 1:01:45 PM
June 3, 2021 — Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP), the voice of Canada’s largest manufacturing employer, welcomes the release of today’s Ontario’s Blue Box regulation, marking the start of transition to a full producer responsibility model.
“As the first jurisdiction to regulate the Blue Box, Ontario’s residential recycling program has been precedent setting. But the fact remains the Blue Box is no longer an effective or sustainable model. Transitioning to a producer responsibility model, making producers responsible for the end of life management for their materials, is the best way to ensure better environmental outcomes. It will also ensure packaging is recyclable and recycled.” said Michael Graydon, FHCP CEO.
Since 2004, industry has contributed more than $1.6 billion in recycling fees to support more than 250 unique municipally operated residential recycling programs. When residents put packaging materials in the Blue Box they should know whether that material will be recycled, and today that depends on which city you live in. A transition to a harmonized, province-wide system for residential recycling will result in consistent recycling services and higher recycling rates, and will incentivize all producers to ensure their packaging materials are re-useable, recyclable or compostable.
The new regulation isn’t simply about transitioning financial and operational responsibility; it represents a significant expansion to the program. FHCP and its members are committed to extended producer responsibility as a critical component to the elimination of plastic waste and the diversion of packaging materials from landfill.
Food, Health and Consumer Products of Canada (FHCP) is the voice of Canada’s largest manufacturing employer. The food, health, and consumer products sector employs more than 350,000 Canadians across businesses of all sizes that manufacture and distribute the safe, high-quality products that are at the heart of healthy homes, healthy communities, and a healthy Canada. In 2019, FHCP was proud to become the first industry association in Canada to endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s common vision for a New Plastics Economy, and in 2021 became a founding partner in the Canada Plastics Pact, moving Canada toward a future of zero plastic waste. Visit www.fhcp.ca or OnEveryShelf.ca to learn more.