Canadian non-profit organisations Circular Materials Ontario (CMO) and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA) have launched a beverage container recycling initiative in Ontario.

The programme will recycle beverage containers collected in blue bins and public spaces across the province.

Containers covered by the scheme include aluminium cans, glass and plastic bottles, milk cartons, juice boxes.

The partnership will provide beverage producers with the services required to comply with Ontario’s Blue Box Regulation.

Under the regulation, producers must collect and manage ‘blue box’ materials from municipalities between 2023 and 2025.

They are also required to fulfil certain goals for the management of consumer beverage containers.

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CBCRA and CMO will engage in various activities, including developing a collection system for beverage containers and conducting consumer promotion and education.

The two organisations will operate a supplemental collection and management system to increase beverage container recycling away from homes.

CMO and CBCRA also aim to reach Ontario’s state-set target of collecting and managing 75% of beverage containers supplied locally by 2026 and 80% by 2030.

CMO chair Nicole Fischer said: “As a not-for-profit, producer-created and governed organisation, Circular Materials is pleased to be collaborating with another not-for-profit, producer-governed organisation to support beverage producers with meeting their obligations under the Blue Box Regulation.

“Both of our organisations share a vision of building Ontario’s blue box recycling system on a foundation of fair, open, competitive procurement while expanding collection services to public spaces and special events to meet Ontario’s beverage container management targets.”

CBCRA chair Jim Goetz said: “Our organisation intends to leverage its knowledge, experience and success to implement an expansive away from home recovery system in Ontario, including the provision of free collection infrastructure to the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors.

“These initiatives will be supported by the award-winning promotion and education CBCRA is recognised for.”