Ontario transitioning from shared to full producer responsibility

In 2016, Ontario passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016, which enacts the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016, (WDTA) and replaces the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, with "a new producer responsibility framework that makes producers individually responsible and accountable for their products and packaging at end of life." With the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016, the former Waste Diversion Ontario was overhauled as the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority. Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) enforces "the requirements for producers to be responsible and accountable for their products and packaging at the end of their life cycle... and oversees the ongoing operation of current waste diversion programs and the orderly wind up [transition] of those programs and associated industry funding organizations."

"The WDTA will facilitate a seamless transition from the current waste diversion programs to the new producer responsibility framework. Existing waste diversion programs will continue operating until the wastes under those programs are designated under the RRCEA. Once requirements under the new act come into force, existing programs and the industry funding organizations that operate them will be eliminated."

Ontario's waste diversion programs operated by Industry Funding Organizations (IFOs) are Used Tires, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Blue Box (packaging and printed paper or PPP), and Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW). The Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directed two programs to begin transition: Used Tires and Blue Box.

Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) submitted its proposed Used Tires Program (UTP) Wind Up Plan to RPRA, in order to transition tires to individual producer responsibility by the end of 2018. RPRA is conducting public consultations and inviting comments to be submitted by Feb. 16, 2018.

Stewardship Ontario submitted an amended Blue Box Program Plan that outlines the first phase of transition and prepares "for a second phase of transition that will result in individual producer responsibility." Public feedback on the draft plan ended on Jan. 15, 2018.