Development of proposed regulations for minimum recycled content for certain plastic manufactured items: Closed consultations
Current status: Closed
The public consultation was open from February 12, 2022 until March 14, 2022.
The Government of Canada published a Notice of Intent in the Canada Gazette, Part I and a technical issues paper on the development of proposed regulations that would set minimum recycled content requirements for certain plastic manufactured items. Comments will be considered as the proposed regulations are developed.
In October 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) published A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products: discussion paper (the Discussion Paper). The paper sought input from Canadians on options for a regulatory approach for recycled content requirements (for example, product-based, resin-based or economy-wide approach), scope of products and resins, and other considerations.
In August 2021, ECCC published a What we heard report that summarizes the feedback received on the Discussion Paper. There was strong overall support for increasing the use of post-consumer recycled content (see section 4.1), the importance of verification standards, and the ability of the Government of Canada to provide leadership through procurement, incentives for industry, and investment in infrastructure.
Who was the focus of this consultation
We engaged with:
- manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging
- brand owners and producers
- other stakeholders, such as recyclers and non-governmental organizations
Key questions for discussion
Ideas and input were sought on 4 topics:
- Product scope, targets, and timelines
- Definitions (for example, what is considered recycled content)
- Methods of measurement and reporting
- Verification requirements
- Canada one-step closer to zero plastic waste by 2030
- A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution: discussion paper
- What We Heard Report: A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution
- Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 155, Number 10: Final Order Adding plastic manufactured items to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
- Plastic pollution
Recycled Content Consultation
Plastics Regulatory Affairs Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd., Place Vincent Massey, 9-064
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
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