A New Year, a new plan
New Year’s Resolutions. We all make them, but we all dread them at the same time. So, here at Recycle NB, rather than make any resolutions, we thought we would highlight some of the things we are looking forward to in 2022 instead.
Let’s start with the new program added under the Designated Materials Regulation for packaging and paper products. We’ve talked a lot about this over the past few months, but there’s good reason for that. The PPP program is going to divert thousands of tonnes of waste from our landfills, which will translate to a cleaner and greener New Brunswick.
There is a lot that needs to happen, however, before the program launches. In February, we expect all brand owners who produce or distribute packaging and paper products in New Brunswick to be registered with us, as required under the Regulation. Once that happens, brand owners will select an agent to represent the industry (also known as a Producer Responsibility Organization). The agent will then have eight months to draft a stewardship plan for managing the products in New Brunswick. Once a stewardship plan is approved by the Recycle NB Board of Directors, plans for the launch of the PPP program will begin. The launch is targeted for 2023.
Another highlight for 2022 will be continuing to help turn houses into homes through our partnership with Laurentide Paint and Habitat for Humanity Fredericton Area. For those of you who don’t know, all of the paint collected for recycling in Atlantic Canada is processed at Laurentide Re/sources in Richibucto, which is then resold under the brand name of Boomerang. We have been donating Boomerang paint to Habitat homes in the Fredericton area for the past several years. For more information about this initiative, see our August blog.
There is lots more to look forward to in 2022, but we will leave it at that for now. Whatever your hopes, expectations and resolutions are for 2022, Recycle NB wishes you all a Happy New Year!