Province unveils plan to expand the blue box program

Paper cups, wraps, foils and trays among items that will be accepted under proposed new regulations

The Ontario government marked the launch of Waste Reduction Week on Monday by announcing enhancements to the Blue Box program.

The proposed new regulations will increase materials accepted in the blue box including paper and plastic cups, wraps, foils, trays and bags and other single use items such as straws, stir sticks, cutlery and plates.

The province will also expand blue box services to apartment buildings, long-term care homes, schools and municipal parks in 2026.

Rather than unloading the program on the backs of municipal taxpayers, the government is going to make the producers of products and packaging responsible for the costs, which the province estimates will save municipalities $135 million annually.

The draft Blue Box regulation will be posted for 45 days for public feedback, ending December 2, 2020.

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