1.9.3 What is printed paper?

 

All provinces include the printed paper category (this category is called ‘paper’ in SK and BC) as part of the obligated materials in their packaging and printed paper stewardship programs. As outlined in the table in 1.9.1, this category has slightly different definitions from province to province as follows:

  • In BC, ‘paper’ means paper of any description including flyers, brochures, booklets, catalogues, telephone directories, newspapers, magazines, paper fibre and paper used for copying, writing or any other general use.  Excluded from this definition is paper that by virtue of its anticipated use could become unsafe or unsanitary to recycle as well as bound books.
  • In SK, ‘paper’ means paper of any description such as flyers, brochures, booklets, catalogues, telephone directories, magazines, paper fibre and paper used for copying, writing or any other general use. Exlcluded from this definition are paper products by virtue of their anticipated use, could become unsafe or unsanitary to recycle.
  • In MB, ‘printed paper’ includes newsprint, magazines and catalogues, directories and other printed materials. This does not include paper sold as product (such as purchased calendars, envelopes, greeting cards, paper used for copying, writing or other general use).
  • In ON, ‘printed paper’ is not defined in the regulation but, as outlined in the Blue Box Program Plan, all printed paper is designated as Blue Box waste. In ON the program does not include paper sold as product (such as purchased calendars, envelopes, greeting cards, paper used for copying, writing paper, computer paper, or other general use).

Recognizing the slight variations in the definitions of this category across provinces, for the purposes of harmonization, this category will hereafter be referred to as printed paper and will include all paper regardless of its cellulosic fibre source including but not limited to: wood, wheat, rice, cotton, bananas, eucalyptus, bamboo, hemp and sugar cane (bagasse) fibre sources.

This category includes (but is not limited to) the following types of paper products: newspapers, brochures, receipts, catalogues, flyers, customer statements, magazines and telephone directories.

Bound reference books, bound literary books, bound textbooks are excluded from all programs. Also excluded from all programs is paper which will be unsafe or unsanitary to recycle such as paper towel or toilet paper (the paper towel and toilet paper roll is however an obligated material as it is included as packaging).

The following table illustrates what is included in the printed paper category in each provincial program and will be updated as new stewardship programs are introduced in other provinces.


Product Category BC SK MB ON
Newspapers, magazines, catalogues
Textbooks
Paper Towel or toilet paper sold as product
Purchased greeting cards
Paper used for copying, writing or any other general use.
Purchased calendars
Free promotional calendars
Note books and daily planners

* Newspapers that have a gross revenue of less than $2 million, or generate less than one tonne of paper, are permanently exempted from the program in Saskatchewan.