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Changes coming to Blue Box program in Durham

Date September 13, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | Member News | News

Changes are coming to the Blue Box recycling program, but Durham officials are hoping residents don’t notice.

The new program is expected to start in 2019 and Craig Bartlett, the manager of waste management services, told Regional Council’s committee of the whole the transition “has to be seamless. Residents shouldn’t know there’s a difference.”

The provincial government is making changes to the program, transitioning to an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system. Municipalities, such as Durham, will no longer be responsible for collecting and marketing Blue Box recyclables. It will be the responsibility of producers who created or sold the item, such as water bottles or tin cans.

Bartlett said producers of the waste would be 100 per cent responsible for blue box costs and operations.

“The changes are going to be significant," he added, saying residents in Ontario will have access to the same level of service.

Mirka Januszkiewicz, the director of waste management services, said, “Producers will take (the blue box program) over and they will pay for it.”

“There’s no going back. It’s about going forward with constant improvement,” Bartlett added.

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