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 6 First Nation communities and 6 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:

  • 6 First Nation communities
  • 6 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 began transferring responsibility to producers on 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 previous version of the schedule included municipalities, local services boards and First Nation communities.

Updates to the Blue Box Transition Schedule – First Nation Reserves

The ministry has continued coordinating and engaging with First Nation communities that currently have Blue Box services 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:

Year First Nation Reserve Name Transition Date
2024 Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Pic River 50 July 1, 2024
2024 Oneida Nation of the Thames Oneida 41 April 1, 2024
2024 Shawanaga First Nation Shawanaga 17 July 1, 2024
2025 Nipissing First Nation Nipissing 10 July 1, 2025
2025 Sheguiandah First Nation Sheguiandah 24 July 1, 2025
2025 Temagami First Nation Bear Island 1 October 1, 2025

The 6 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.

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 6 municipalities that were not included in previous version of the schedule:

Year Community Transition Date
2024 Township of Schreiber July 1, 2024
2025 Township of Fauquier-Strickland January 1, 2025
2025 Township of Nipigon July 1, 2025
2025 Municipality of Mattawan October 1, 2025
2025 Peace Tree Local Services Board July 1, 2025
2025 Town of Smooth Rock Falls January 1, 2025

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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