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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.

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WeRecycle Material List - Subcategory BC SK MB ON Examples & Reporting Tips
(Examples provided for illustrative purposes only)

Gable Top Containers - Beverage - Milk and Milk Substitutes

Deposit

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Deposit

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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:

image In BC: Please Note: the containers for the following beverages are on deposit and should not 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). 

Please note the following beverages are not on deposit and must be included in your steward report: ready-to-drink infant formulas, dietary supplements and meal replacements, condensed or evaporated milk, whipping cream, coffee cream or other coffee additives, buttermilk, drinkable yogurt or modified milk-derived products such as kefir. 

image 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

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Deposit

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

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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

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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

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Deposit

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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.

image In BC: Please Note: the containers for the following beverages are on deposit and should not 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). 

Please note the following beverages are not on deposit and must be included in your steward report: ready-to-drink infant formulas, dietary supplements and meal replacements, condensed or evaporated milk, whipping cream, coffee cream or other coffee additives, buttermilk, drinkable yogurt or modified milk-derived products such as kefir

image 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.

SK, MB and ON 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. In BC please report the straw and the wrapper as the straw is designated SUP/PLP.

Aseptic Containers - Beverage - Wine and Spirits

Deposit

Deposit

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Deposit

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

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Definition: Includes all aseptic polycoated and foilized boxes and containers for non-alcoholic beverages.

Examples: Juice boxes, coconut water,

Reporting Tips: SK, MB, ON 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. In BC please ensure both the straw and the wrapper is reported as the straw is designated SUP/PLP.

Aseptic Containers - Non-Beverage

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Definition: Includes aseptic polycoated and foilized boxes and containers used for non-beverage products.

Examples: Soup, sauces.

Paper Laminates

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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, paper/plastic based wrapping paper and gift bags supplied as service packaging at point of sale, pet food bags, ice cream polycoat containers, laminated Kraft paper bags (filled at point of sale) and laminated Kraft paper packaging.

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

image In BC: Report parchment paper, wax paper, polycoated or laminated paper bags & boxes, cups, bowls and plates which are now designated SUP/PLP. If supplying these items as PLP please include in your report the packaging associated with these products.  If supplying these items as service packaging, there may be a change in the obligated party required to report and pay fees on these materials.  Please see 1.10.4 for more information

Kraft Paper Bags (Point of Sale)

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Definition: Non-laminated Kraft paper bags filled at point of sale.

Examples: 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 supplied at point of sale as Paper Laminates. Exclude Kraft paper bags such as lunch bags, garden and leaf bags purchased as products.

Kraft Paper - Non-Laminated

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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 supplied at point of sale as Paper Laminates. Exclude Kraft paper bags such as lunch bags, garden and leaf bags purchased as products.

image In BC: Report paper lunch bags and paper gift bags (non laminated) which are now designated SUP/PLP. If supplying these items as PLP please include in your report the packaging associated with these products.  If supplying these items as service packaging, there may be a change in the obligated party required to report and pay fees on these materials.  Please see 1.10.4 for more information

Corrugated Cardboard

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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 transport of e-commerce items 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.

image In BC: Report moving boxes, banker boxes, gift boxes and all other corrugated boxes supplied to consumers as they are now designated SUP/PLP. If supplying these items as PLP please include in your report the packaging associated with these products. If supplying these items as service packaging, there may be a change in the obligated party required to report and pay fees on these materials.  Please see 1.10.4 for more information

Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging

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Definition: Single layered paperboard and fibre board with no corrugation and all types of moulded pulp packaging. Includes 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, paper-based wrapping paper and gift bags supplied as service packaging at point of sale,newsprint used as packaging material in shoe boxes and shipping boxes used for transport of e-commerce items to residential customers, clothing hang tags.

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

image In BC: Report paper straws, gift boxes, pinwheels, piñatas,  paper hats, paper signs, paper tablecloths and banners as they are now designated SUP/PLP. If supplying these items as PLP please include in your report the packaging associated with these products.   

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