What BC’s new “Blue Box” Program Plan should look like

The province of British Columbia has asked industry “stewards” (brandowners and retailers) to design an industry-funded program for the collection, processing and marketing of residential printed paper and packaging. This is what the Program Plan should look like: 1. It should include all printed paper and packaging There should be no exceptions. No Ontario/Quebec/Manitoba-type systems […]

Environmental Labelling

Proposed environmental labeling system could lead to claims of industry greenwashing The US-based Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has transplanted a UK environmental labelling idea to a North American context and is encouraging Canadian companies to pilot it. While we commend the initiative, in our opinion there is a serious danger that companies adopting it could leave themselves […]

Giving paper due credit

How often have you seen this graphic commonly used to signify Ontario’s Blue Box System?  It’s even on Waste Diversion Ontario’s website.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that bottles and cans are the only materials being recovered. Wrong. Big Time.  In fact, plastic, glass and metal containers represent just over 20% of what Ontario’s Blue […]

British Columbia has golden opportunity to get it right.

British Columbia is the latest province in Canada to regulate extended producer responsibility (or EPR) for printed paper and packaging. Publishers, packaging brandowners and first importers (collectively known as stewards) have until November 19 to deliver a plan on how to do it. The big difference with BC is that industry will not only be […]