Updates to the Blue Box Transition Schedule

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Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016
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Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
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We have updated the Blue Box Transition Schedule to include 28 First Nation communities and 11 small municipalities. These administrative changes will ensure there is no disruption of blue box services in these communities and do not impact previously identified transition dates.

Why consultation isn't required

Changes to the Blue Box Transition Schedule are considered administrative in nature with no significant impact to the environment.

The Environmental Bill of Rights public consultation requirements do not apply to decisions that are predominantly financial or administrative in nature.

We have been coordinating and engaging with First Nation communities with blue box recycling programs since the summer of 2021 to determine if they wish to be on the Transition Schedule and to identify an appropriate transition date.

We have also notified affected communities of our intent to add them to the schedule and to provide an opportunity for communities to notify us of any concerns.

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Ontario is working to create a stronger and more effective Blue Box service and has started the process of transitioning to a producer responsibility model. The new approach improves the Blue Box system by providing consistent service that will reduce litter and allow more materials to be recycled in more communities.

To support a seamless transition of Blue Box collection services to the new Blue Box system, we are making updates to the Transition Schedule to include:

  • 28 First Nation communities
  • 11 small municipalities that had been left off the previous schedule

These administrative changes will ensure there is no disruption of blue box services in these communities and will not impact previously identified transition dates.

Background: Ontario’s Blue Box Regulation

On June 3, 2021, we released a new producer responsibility regulation that makes recycling easier for Ontarians by standardizing what goes in the Blue Box and expanding services to more communities across the province, including First Nation communities outside the Far North.

The new full producer responsibility model will improve recycling across the province by creating a more consistent and reliable Blue Box collection service with some of the highest diversion rate targets in North America.

The first group of Blue Box programs will transfer responsibility to producers starting July 1, 2023. By January 1, 2026, producers will be fully responsible for providing services provincewide.

Blue Box Transition Schedule

The Blue Box Regulation references a Transition Schedule that identifies the date on which each eligible community that currently has a Blue Box program will transition to producer-run services.

The first version of the schedule included municipalities and local services boards. When this version was released on June 3, 2021, the ministry committed to updating the schedule by adding transition dates for First Nation communities.

Updates to the Blue Box Transition Schedule – First Nation reserves

The ministry has been coordinating and engaging with First Nation communities that currently have Blue Box services since July 2021 to identify the appropriate transition date to be identified on the Blue Box Transition Schedule.

Based on input received through this engagement process the Transition Schedule has been updated to add the following First Nations, listed by community name and reserve name, and transition date:

Eligible Community   Transition Date
First Nation Reserve Name(s) (YYYY-MM-DD)
Aamjiwnaang First Nation Sarnia 45 2023-07-01
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Sand Point First Nation 2023-07-01
Dokis First Nation Dokis 9 2023-07-01
M’chigeeng First Nation M’Chigeeng 22 2023-07-01
Wikwemikong Unceded Territory Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve / (Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve) 2023-07-01
Alderville First Nation Alderville First Nation 2024-01-01
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Whitefish Lake 6 2024-04-01
Batchewana First Nation Goulais Bay 15A 2024-04-01
Batchewana First Nation Obadijwan 15E 2024-04-01
Batchewana First Nation Rankin Location 15D 2024-04-01
Chippewas of Rama First Nation Chippewas of Rama First Nation 2024-01-01
Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Chippewa of the Thames First Nation Indian Reserve 2024-04-01
Curve Lake First Nation Curve Lake First Nation 35 2024-01-01
Garden River First Nation Garden River 14 2024-04-01
Mississauga #8 First Nation Mississagi River 8 2024-04-01
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Mississauga’s of Scugog Island 2024-07-01
Moose Deer Point First Nation Moose Point 79 2024-11-19
Rainy River First Nations Manitou Rapids 11 Reserve 2024-01-01
Red Rock Indian Band Lake Helen 53A 2024-07-01
Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Sagamok 2024-04-01
Serpent River First Nation Serpent River 7 2024-04-01
Wahta Mohawks Wahta Mohawk Territory 2024-11-19
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Pikwakanagan 2025-07-01
Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation 2025-12-31
Matachewan First Nation Matachewan 72 2025-01-01
Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation New Credit 40A 2025-09-30
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory 2025-07-17
Saugeen First Nation Chief’s Point 28 2025-12-31
Saugeen First Nation Saugeen 29 2025-12-31
Six Nations of the Grand River Six Nations 40 2025-01-01
Wahnapitae First Nation Wahnapitae First Nation 2025-04-01

The 28 First Nation communities that have been added only reflect those communities with Blue Box programs that have provided the ministry with a request to be included on the schedule.

Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs), who will be providing services on behalf of producers, are required to ensure that an offer of service is made to a First Nation community at least six months before the applicable transition date identified on the Transition Schedule.

This offer will provide details about how the collection services will be provided to the First Nation. Before a PRO can begin to provide the service, the First Nation must accept the offer and inform the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) in accordance with the Blue Box Regulation.

The reserve names listed are the names as set out on the Government of Canada’s “First Nation Profiles” website. That website includes the geographic location of each reserve. Where the ministry is aware of an alternate reserve name, that name has also been included in brackets. PROs, in their interactions and agreements with each First Nation community, should make every effort to use the name that is preferred by the community.

First Nation communities outside the Far North that currently do not run a Blue Box program will be eligible to receive producer-run blue box services beginning January 1, 2026. First Nation communities interested in receiving producer-run Blue Box services must first register with RPRA at https://rpra.ca/programs/blue-box/regulation/first-nations/.

Updates to the Transition Schedule – Municipalities

We have also updated the Transition Schedule to add 11 small municipalities that were left off the first version of the schedule:

Eligible Community

Transition Date


Township of Pelee 2024-08-28
Township of Black River-Matheson 2025-01-01
Township of Brethour 2025-01-01
Township of Harris 2025-01-01
Township of Jocelyn 2025-06-01
Township of Madoc 2025-07-17
Township of North Algona Wilberforce 2025-03-28
Township of Ryerson 2025-01-01
Village of South River 2025-01-01
Municipality of Temagami 2025-10-01
Village of Thornloe 2025-12-31

Dates for these communities have been assigned to align with transition dates of municipalities that are currently providing blue box services for these communities or with transition dates of neighbouring communities.

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