What is the RPRA Blue Box Regulation?

The Blue Box Regulation outlines a new system for resource recovery across Ontario as a part of the province’s Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. The regulation will make producers fully accountable for their products at end-of-life and move us towards a circular economy. The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) was established to oversee compliance with the regulation. We, as a university, have registered with the RPRA and will report our produced Blue Box material annually. You can learn more about Ontario’s shift to an individual producer responsibility framework by visiting the Circular Economy and Blue Box Regulation pages on the RPRA website.

Why does the University need to report to the RPRA?

We must report to the RPRA because we supply various blue box materials to consumers in Ontario and are thus considered a producer under the regulation. Our obligations as a producer are to register with the RPRA, report our annual supply data, and assume responsibility for the collection and recycling of a corresponding amount of blue box material. The Sustainability Office will be fulfilling these obligations on behalf of the University, but we require your cooperation to figure out how much we’re supplying.

When do I need to report items?

The Sustainability Office must submit supply data for the 2021 year to the RPRA by October 31, 2022. To meet this deadline, all University entities must submit their 2021 supply data to the Sustainability Office by October 14, 2021.

Please download the PDF below for more information. 

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