AMO – Blue box transition to full producer responsibility

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Published on: May 22, 2020

Brockville City Council / May 26 Agenda

SR2020-86

WHEREAS the amount of single-use plastics leaking into our lakes, rivers, waterways is a growing area of public concern;

WHEREAS reducing the waste we generate and reincorporating valuable resources from our waste stream into new goods can reduce GHGs significantly;

WHEREAS the transition to full producer responsibility for packaging, paper and paper products is a critical to reducing waste, improving recycling and driving better economic and environmental outcomes;

WHEREAS the move to a circular economy is a global movement, and that the transition of Blue Box programs would go a long way toward this outcome;

WHEREAS the City of Brockville is supportive of a timely, seamless and successful transition of Blue Box programs to full financial and operational responsibility by producers of packaging, paper and paper products;

WHEREAS the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has requested municipal governments with Blue Box programs to provide an indication of the best date to transition our Blue Box program to full producer responsibility;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

THAT the City of Brockville is supportive of AMO’s position that municipalities should be allowed to select a transition date, however, until the Province provides additional details surrounding the regulatory requirements of the transition process, the City is not in a position to select a date between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2025 in which the transition to Full Producer Responsibility is being proposed.

AND THAT this decision is based on the existing Blue Box collection and processing contract the City has with Green For Life which expires in November of 2022.

AND THAT the City of Brockville would be interested in providing collection services to Producers should the City be able to arrive at mutually agreeable commercial terms.

AND THAT any questions regarding this resolution be directed to Peter Raabe, Director of Environmental Services at 613-342-8772 ext. 3257 or praabe@brockville.com

AND FURTHER THAT the resolution be forwarded to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

[ COUNCIL NOTICE & AGENDA ]