1.9.1 What is packaging?

Since there are slight differences in the definitions of packaging across the programs, in order to harmonize across provinces, obligated packaging will hereafter be defined as:

Packaging that accompanies consumer goods which are meant for purchase by residential consumers, are likely to enter the home and ultimately be managed by residential municipal waste management systems. This would include:

  • A material or substance (such as, but not exclusively, glass, metal, paper, boxboard, cardboard, textile, paper fibre, plastic, or any combination of those materials) that is used to protect, contain, or transport a product to a residential consumer;
  • Secondary packaging that goes to the household such as the plastic wrap around a case of water bottles, or the plastic wrap around multiple boxes of tissue.
Examples of Packaging
Cardboard boxes Mustard bottles
Shampoo and conditioner bottles Soup cans
Cosmetic cases such as hand cream and foundation Cereal boxes
Aerosol containers Candy wrappers
Pet food bags Plastic film wrap
Pickle jars Packing peanuts

All packaging and printed paper stewardship programs also cover service packaging which includes (but is not limited to the following):

Examples of Service Packaging
Food wraps provided by bakeries and delis Envelopes for developed photographs
Flower boxes and wraps Gift wrapping or tissue added to a product by a retailer
Disposable plates and cups provided to residential consumer at point of sale to facilitate the delivery of food and beverages Bags filled at the shelves with bulk goods, produce and baked goods
Take-out and home delivery food service packaging such as pizza boxes, cups bags, cartons, wraps and trays Paper or plastic carry-out bags provided at checkout and provided by retailers
Non-branded packaging purchased from a wholesaler distributed to consumers  as service packaging containing your product  such as paper bags or boxes for bakery items Plastic wrap, paper, corrugate or boxboard packaging used to transport mail order items directly to a consumer’s home.