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Province begins consultations on Blue Box overhaul

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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.

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