Province begins consultations on Blue Box overhaul

Ontario’s plan to overhaul the Blue Box system moved forward last week when it began the first consultation involving municipalities, waste management companies and waste producers.

The province wants to build a “circular economy” in which producers, rather than municipalities, are held responsible for managing plastic and other packaging at end-of-life.

The Association of Municipalities Ontario said it wants to come up with a convenient and seamless collection system for residents.

That should include performance targets for producers and a standardized list of materials to be collected, including how best to deal with single-use plastics, it said.

The shift has been planned since passage of the Resource Recover and Circular Economy Act of 2016.