Blue Box switchover to begin next summer locally

Journal Staff

Sarnia will be among the first group of Ontario municipalities to transition to a new Blue Box recycling system run by waste producers.

Sarnia, Point Edward, St. Clair Township and Plympton-Wyoming are all in the first cohort and will begin handing over Blue Box service on July 1, 2023, the Association of Municipalities Ontario said.

Manufacturers will fully take over recyclable collection province-wide by Dec. 31, 2025. At that point, producers will be responsible for the operation and cost of end-of-life management of their products and packaging.

Municipal governments have pushed for the move because local waste systems can’t adequately respond to the rapidly changing composition of products and packaging.