3.1 Printed Paper

Please click on ‘Examples’ and ‘Reporting Tips’ for more information on each of these material categories.

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

(examples provided for illustrative purposes only)

Newspaper–CNA/OCNA Members Reporting Tips
Definition: Only includes newspapers that are listed as Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) or as Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) members in good standing as of January 1st of the obligation year (Note: CNA/OCNA is now News Media Canada).

Reporting tips: Circulars or inserts made of newsprint should be reported under “Other Newsprint-Non-CNA/OCNA Members”. Stewards should report film contained around newspapers for protection as either LDPE/HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB-Plastic Film or as Plastic Laminates – Non Beverage if made from other film. Newsprint used as product packaging should be reported under Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging.

Other Newsprint-Non CNA/OCNA Members Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Includes all newspaper titles that are not listed as a member of either the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) or of the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA). Also includes all other newsprint material not used as packaging including circulars, flyers and inserts made of newsprint. This includes circulars, flyers and inserts distributed by both CNA/OCNA and non- CNA/ OCNA members.

Examples: Non-CNA/OCNA member newspaper publications, CNA/OCNA and non-CNA/OCNA newsprint inserts & circulars. Promotional information, flyers, park guides, auto publications or real estate, supplements printed on newsprint.

Reporting Tips: Newsprint used as product packaging should be reported under Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging. Stewards should report film contained around newspapers for protection as either LDPE/HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB-Plastic Film or as Plastic Laminates – Non Beverage if made from other film.

Newspapers Examples & Reporting Tips
Examples: Newspaper publications with our without a glossy cover and published for quick consumption.

Reporting Tips: Plastic film used to protect newspaper should be reported under either LDPE/ HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film; or as Plastic Laminates-Non beverage if made from any other film. Newspaper used as a product packaging would be included in the boxboard and other paper packaging subcategory.

Newsprint (inserts and circulars) Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Newsprint inserts, flyers and circulars.

Examples: Including park guides, auto publications, real estate supplements and product manuals printed on newsprint.

Reporting Tips: Stewards should report film contained around newsprint for protection as either LDPE/HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film; or as Plastic Laminates-Non-Beverage if made from any other film. Newsprint used as product packaging should be reported as Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging.

Magazines Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Bound periodicals, whether the paper is coated, glossy/ non-glossy, which typically includes mastheads.

Examples: Includes daily/ weekly/ monthly or annual magazines & travel or promotional magazines.

Reporting Tips: Stewards should report film contained around catalogues for protection as either LDPE/HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB-Plastic Film; or as Plastic Laminates- Non-Beverage if made from any other film.

Catalogues Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Bound paper, whether the paper is coated, glossy/ non-glossy.

Examples: Retailer product catalogues, bound promotional documents containing product lists, coupon books automotive and real estate guides/ catalogues (if not printed on newsprint).

Reporting Tips: Stewards should report film used around catalogues for protection as either LDPE/HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film; or as Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage if made from other film. Report catalogues printed on newsprint as Newsprint (Inserts and Circulars) or as Other Newsprint-Non CNA/OCNA Members.  Report bound product manuals as Other Printed Paper. Report bound product manuals printed on newsprint as Newsprint (Inserts and Circulars) or as Other Newsprint-Non CNA/OCNA Members. Report bound printed directories that include business or residential contact information under Directories

Directories Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: Printed bound directories, whether printed on newsprint, glossy/ non-glossy paper of residential and/ or business contact information such as telephone numbers, postal codes and websites.

Examples: Phone books

Reporting Tips: Excludes other types of bound reference books.

Paper for General Use Examples
Definition:Paper that is used for copying, writing or any other general use.

Examples: Loose-leaf paper purchased for use in home printers, blank graph or ruled notebooks and notepads, sketchpads, colouring books, paper wrapping paper, activity work-books, construction and craft paper.

Purchased Posters, Calendars, Greeting Cards and Envelopes Examples
Definition: Printed paper sold as products.

Examples: Posters, calendars, greeting cards, blank envelopes purchased individually or in bulk.

Reporting Tip: Excludes any promotional/ complimentary posters,    calendars, greeting cards and envelopes.  Those items should be reports as Other Printed Materials.

Other Printed Materials Examples & Reporting Tips
Definition: All other printed paper/ material that is not included in the printed paper categories above.

Examples: Blank and printed envelopes distributed to the residential consumer promotional cards sent to the residential consumer; free promotional calendars and posters; promotional inserts within or outside envelopes; printed information found within packaged products (such as assembly instructions, user guides, promotional information, warranty cards, product safety information, coupons); annual policy information including policy documents and statements; monthly, quarterly or annual statements; investment fund reports, fund prospectus, contracts, lottery tickets, scratch cards and fund raising tickets;  cash register receipts, debit and credit card receipts,  proof of purchases and other printed material provided at point of sale such as promotional post cards; statements and information inserts from banks, credit card companies and utility companies; information and forms distributed by municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments; transportation and transit schedules, HR related documents distributed to employees such as T4s.

Reporting Tips: Excludes: soft or hard cover fiction, non-fiction books and bound text books sold as products to the residential consumer. Stewards should report film for protection of printed materials as  LDPE/HDPE Film; PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film, or as Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage if made from any other film.

  • In BC and SK: paper for general use including loose-leaf paper purchased for home printers, blank, graph or ruled notebooks and notepads and sketchpads are included and need to be reported under Paper for General Use.
  • In BC and SK, Purchased posters, calendars, greeting cards, blank envelopes purchased in bulk or individually are included and should be reported under Purchased Posters, Calendars, Greeting Cards.

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