3.2 Paper Packaging

All paper packaging that is used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods supplied to residential consumers. This category includes all paper packaging regardless of the fibre source of the material, including, but not limited to, wood, wheat, rice, cotton, bananas, eucalyptus, bamboo, hemp, and sugar cane (bagasse) fibre sources.

National Material List – Subcategory BC SK MB ON Examples & Reporting Tips

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Gable Top Containers – Beverage – Milk and Milk Substitutes Deposit Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes gable top and polycoated cartons used for milk and milk substitute products where they are not on deposit.

Examples: Milk, flavoured milk and milk substitutes when not on deposit (see reporting tips below for clarification), cream cartons, infant formula, meal replacements and dietary supplements.

Reporting Tips:

  • In BC: Please note the following beverages are not on deposit and should be included in your steward report: milk, milk substitutes such as rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk (or any other milk substitute that comes from grains, nuts or vegetables), flavoured milk (where milk appears as one of the first three ingredients in the ingredient list), ready-to-drink infant formulas, dietary supplements and meal replacements.
  • In SK: Please note the following ready-to-drink beverages are not on deposit and should be included in your steward report: infant formula, dietary supplements and meal replacement products.

Please Note: SK includes all milk beverages (including milk, buttermilk, cream, fluid coffee cream, lactose-free milk products, drinkable yogurts), and non-dairy ready-to-drink milk substitute beverages (such as rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk) in the deposit program. Do not include these materials in your report.

Gable Top Containers – Beverage – Wine and Spirits Deposit Deposit Deposit Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes gable top and polycoated cartons used for alcoholic beverages including wine and spirits.

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Gable Top Containers – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic  Deposit Deposit Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes gable top and polycoated cartons used for non-alcoholic beverages.

Examples: Non-alcoholic juice, lemonade.

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Gable Top Containers – Non-Beverage Examples
Definition: Includes gable top polycoated cartons used for non-beverage products.

Examples: Molasses, sugar cartons, confectionery products, laundry and cleaning products.

Aseptic Containers – Beverage – Milk and Milk Substitutes Deposit Examples
Definition: Includes aseptic polycoated and foilized boxes and containers used for milk and milk substitute products where not on deposit.

Examples: Milk, flavoured milk and milk substitute products when not on deposit (see reporting tips below for clarification), cream cartons, infant formula, meal replacements and dietary supplements.

  • In BC: Please note the following beverages are not on deposit and should be included in your steward report: milk, milk substitutes such as rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk (or any other milk substitute that comes from grains, nuts or vegetables), flavoured milk (where milk appears as one of the first three ingredients in the ingredient list), ready-to-drink infant formulas, dietary supplements and meal replacements.
  • In SK: Please note the following ready-to-drink beverages are not on deposit and should be included in your steward report: infant formula, dietary supplements or meal replacement products.

Please Note: SK includes all milk beverages (including milk, buttermilk, cream, fluid coffee cream, lactose-free milk products, drinkable yogurts), and non-dairy ready-to-drink milk substitute beverages (such as rice milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk) in the deposit program. Do not include these materials in your steward report. Stewards should not report the actual straw on a milk box as it serves no packaging function, however report the plastic film around the straw as either LDPE/HDPE Film, PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film or Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage if made from other film.

Aseptic Containers – Beverage – Wine and Spirits Deposit Deposit Deposit Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes aseptic polycoated and foilized boxes used for alcoholic beverages including wine and spirits.

Examples: Wine, spirits, alcoholic ciders.

Reporting Tips: Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Aseptic Containers – Beverage – Non-Alcoholic  Deposit Deposit Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes aseptic, polycoated and foilized boxes and containers used for non-alcoholic beverages.

Examples: Juice boxes and carbonated water.

Reporting Tips: Stewards should not report the actual straw on a juice box as it serves no packaging function, however report the plastic film around the straw as either LDPE/HDPE Film, PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film or Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage if made from other film. Exclude beverage containers designated under separate regulation.

Aseptic Containers – Non-Beverage Examples
Definition: Includes aseptic polycoated and foilized boxes and containers used for non-beverage products.

Examples: Soup, sauces.

Paper Laminates Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes laminated paper packaging where paper is the main component, along with either metalized foil/wax/plastic. The paper component represents the greatest percentage by weight.

Examples: Fibre spiral wound containers (with plastic, aluminum, steel bottom and lid) for: frozen juice, chips, cookie dough, coffee, nuts, non-foam paper drink cups (hot and cold), microwavable paper containers, wrappers, paper ice cream cartons, paper cups/ bowls provided for soups, paper wrap packaging provided with food, such as sandwiches, burgers, or muffins, pet food bags, ice cream polycoat containers, laminated Kraft paper bags (not filled at point of sale) and laminated Kraft paper packaging.

Reporting Tips: Report laminated and non-laminated Kraft paper bags filled at point of sale in Kraft Paper Bags (Point of Sale). Report any laminated paper that is not used for packaging as Other Printed Materials.

Kraft Paper Bags (Point of Sale) Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Laminated and non-laminated Kraft paper bags filled at point of sale.

Examples: Laminated and non-laminated grocery bags, prescription bags, non-laminated paper take-out bags used for mushrooms or food delivery.

Reporting Tips: Report laminated Kraft paper bags not  supplied at  point  of  sale as Paper Laminates Exclude Kraft paper bags such as lunch bags, garden and leaf bags.

Kraft Paper – Non-Laminated Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Non-laminated Kraft paper packaging.

Examples: Flour, sugar, potatoes or oatmeal. Non- laminated Kraft paper used for mailing packages.

Reporting Tips: Report laminated Kraft bags as Paper Laminates, or if supplied at point of sale, as Kraft Paper Bags (Point of Sale). Exclude Kraft paper bags such as lunch bags, garden and leaf bags purchased as products.

Corrugated Cardboard Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Multi-layered paper board and fibre which may have one or more layers of corrugation.

Examples: Electronic product boxes such as television and computer boxes, pizza boxes, boxes used for direct mail to residential consumers.

Reporting Tips: Exclude Corrugated Cardboard that will not enter the residential waste stream, including cardboard used exclusively as transportation and distribution packaging from place of manufacturing to place of distribution. Non-corrugated paperboard and fibre board containers should be reported under Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging.

Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging Examples
Definition: Single layered paperboard and fibre board with no corrugation and all types of moulded pulp packaging. Includes any paper packaging not included in any other paper subcategories. Fibre-board containers made from other non-wood sources (e.g. bamboo, bagasse, eucalyptus).

Examples: Paper board such as cereal, tissue and shoe boxes, moulded pulp paper packaging such as egg cartons, fibre pots and formed coffee take-out trays, stiff paperboard used to mount plastic blister packs (e.g., for toys and batteries), the roll inside of toilet paper, paper towel, tin foil and plastic wrap, tissue paper used as paper packaging for stuffing packaging, newsprint used as packaging material in shoe boxes and shipping boxes used for direct mail to residential customers, clothing hang tags.

Reporting Tips: Exclude toilet paper and paper towels purchased as products. Stewards should report the stiff paperboard used to mount plastic blister packs under Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging. Stewards should report the boxrboard used to mount plastic blister packs under Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging  if easily separable by consumer at time of disposal.