Board Converting News, December 14, 2020

A Different Approach (CONT’D FROM PAGE 38)


in Canada, the U.S., Asia, Africa or Europe. And can ship the box anywhere in the world. Tracing specific fibres such as from Ontario’s Blue Box once they enter the regional and international fibre re- covery streams is thus extremely problematic. And what about corrugated boxes shipped into Ontario from Chi- na? They might have recycled content in them, (which is a good thing) but not Ontario-processed recycled con- tent. What about old corrugated boxes that are collected through the Blue Box in Ontario but shipped across the border to the U.S. for recycling there? There is no credit for the use of that Ontario-derived recycled content. There are possible ways around some of these com- plications. If a mill can create a paper trail linking say 25 percentof its annual feedstock to Ontario’s Blue Box, then could 25 percent of its annual output be considered to be Ontario Blue-Box sourced? Could that 25 percent be pro-rated across all its customers? Or 25 percent allo- cated to those customers who are placing paper into the residential Ontario marketplace and therefore obligated under the Blue Box regulations? Complete accuracy is not possible under the current proposal. And, as one insider has noted, it leaves lots of opportunity for fraud and gaming the system. Is there The current Ontario approach to recycled content seems unnecessarily complicated in a Blue Box program that is already highly complex. Recent research also indi- cates that EPR fees or adjustments for things like recycled content provide little incentive to brand owners to change packaging design or to influence consumer behaviour in purchasing. So why not look at an alternative approach (a tax re- bate or credit) that focuses on supporting Ontario recy- cling businesses, on creating Ontario jobs, on companies that use Ontario Blue Box material as feedstock? Encour- age them to enhance Ontario’s circular economy. Think globally but act locally. The advantages are these: • The credit/rebate focusses on one thing only: increas- ing the use of recycled content in Ontario. It does not get cluttered or distracted by other waste management objectives. • It can apply beyond the Blue Box (bringing in the IC & I sector) so it is broader in scope and in line with the province’s overall goal of a comprehensive waste management and circular economy policy. • It retains a voluntary approach with incentives for companies to act. • It applies to Ontario specifically but is transferable to other provinces, so could become national. • It doesn’t have to be in the current Blue Box regula- tion, greatly simplifying it. • Depending on how the credit/rebate is structured, the another way of looking at the problem? How About A Tax Rebate Or Credit?


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