Need to slim down in Ontario

Companies that sell more than $2 million worth of products in the Canadian province of Ontario will want to put their packaging on a diet. That’s the conclusion of Michele Raymond, publisher of State Recycling Laws Update in its January 2003 issue, as it examines weight-based packaging fees beginning in June.

“This means North American manufacturers can no longer delegate recycling compliance to far-flung distributors,” she wrote. The Ontario program is said to be the first weight-based fee on packaging in North America, and she says that some paper fees there will exceed those in some European countries. In addition, the fee structure will cover inserts as well as exterior packaging. —AO

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