On April 27 the Packaging Association of Canada (PAC) hosted a seminar in Toronto entitled “Blue Box Recycling: Impact on the Packaging Industry.” PAC announced the formation of the Committee for an Efficient and Rational Blue Box (CERB) — an umbrella organization that includes the Paper and Paperboard Environment Council (PPEC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), among others.
PAC’s Director of Government Affairs Larry Dworkin said that although his organization supports a viable blue box program, the current funding process is out of control, adding that CERB will be a “watchdog with teeth.” He mentioned that a subcommittee is evaluating a potential legal challenge. CERB members are concerned that Ontario’s net recycling costs (of which industry must pay half) were artificially capped last year. The ultimate $84 million number was less than the real costs in 2003: $100.5 million. The group is wary of a recent move by Stewardship Ontario to allow brand owners and first importers to shift the cost of recycling to packaging and material suppliers.
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