From left to right, Gary Crossman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Frank LeBlanc, CEO of Recycle NB, and Jeff MacCallum, Managing Director Circular Materials Atlantic.
Today marks the launch of the first phase of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program for packaging and paper products.
EPR shifts responsibility of collection and recycling packaging and paper from taxpayers to brand owners – those who produce and distribute these materials to consumers. New Brunswick is the first province in Atlantic Canada to adopt this new model for packaging and paper products.
Phase 1 includes select communities in the following Regional Service Commissions:
During the transition, there will be no impact to resident collection schedules, or the materials that can be recycled. Residents can, however, begin taking the following items back to a participating redemption centre:
Simply place these items in a clear plastic bag and return them with your deposit-bearing beverage containers. For more information, or to find a participating redemption centre in your area, please visit www.circularmaterials.ca/redemptioncentres.
Phase 2 of the packaging and paper program will launch in May of 2024. For more information, please visit Circular Materials begins the transition to Extended Producer Responsibility in New Brunswick | New Brunswick, News | Circular Materials.