Paper and Packaging Recycling Program to Start in 2016

Posted August 11, 2016 in Pulp and Paper Industry by Elizabeth Tischer

Becoming environmentally responsible is a job for everyone but there are costs accrued, especially to local municipalities tasked with removing household waste and recyclables. In an effort to offset these costs, Environment Minister Herb Cox announced a multi-material recycling program to become effective early in 2016.


Paper and packaging products make up a large portion of consumer waste, which leads to considerable cost for removal. This recycling program will assist municipalities by creating a cost sharing between waste removal and businesses that produce said products.

Affected Businesses

There will be a few exemptions to participation in the recycling program as well as an extended adjustment period. The following is a brief summary of these details:

  • Any business that grosses more than 5 million in revenue and are not in one of the other exempted categories will be expected to participate fully.
  • A business whose revenue is between 2 and 5 million annually and all newspapers will not be required to report their consumer paper tonnage for the first year. However, they will be expected to contribute a flat fee of $500.
  • Any business that produces less than one tone of paper products annually, operate as a single point of retail or generate less than $2 million gross will be exempt from participation in the recycling program.


Regularly accruing fees will vary on an annual basis, calculated using several criteria. These criteria will include the size of the business as well as the amount of paper and packaging products they produce for consumers. Once the fees are collected, they will then be dispersed to various local municipalities to offset the costs of collecting waste and recycling items.  


The multi material recycling program hopes to benefit communities in several ways, including reducing costs for local municipalities. It is also hoped that businesses will consider the amount of paper and packaging products they produce and reduce them where appropriate thereby reducing their shared responsibility fees. By extension, this will reduce the amount of waste, such as paper pulp, winding up in local landfills, which is good for the environment.


Reducing waste that is pouring into local landfills is a worthy cause, and though some businesses may feel put upon it is a necessary step to begin making positive changes. This program and those like it are not a new concept; they have been common practice in other areas of Canada for several years.

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