RPRA approves Stewardship Ontario’s simplified steward fee-setting methodology proposal with conditions

The Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) has approved, with conditions, Stewardship Ontario’s proposed addendum to the Blue Box Program Wind-up Plan to implement a revised steward fee-setting methodology during the Blue Box Program transition period. Read the approval letter.

The revised methodology, as outlined in the addendum, eliminates the need for stewards to report supply-to-market data to Stewardship Ontario. Once Stewardship Ontario fulfills the conditions of approval described below, the revised methodology may be implemented starting this year with the 2022 reporting cycle through to the end of the Blue Box Program transition period on December 31, 2025.

In approving the addendum, RPRA assessed whether it was compliant with requirements in the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA) and the Minister’s directions and consistent with RPRA’s Wind-Up Guide.

Between January 21, 2022, and February 4, 2022, RPRA consulted on the addendum with Blue Box Program participants and other interested stakeholders. Visit the consultation page to learn more about the consultation process and read the consultation report that summarizes the feedback received and how RPRA incorporated the feedback in its approval.

To address concerns about program performance evaluation due to the loss of steward supply-to-market reporting, which was the primary concern raised during consultation, RPRA imposed the following conditions as a stipulation of its approval of the addendum:

  1. Before implementing the simplified fee-setting methodology, Stewardship Ontario shall provide a comprehensive plan satisfactory to RPRA staff for determining the recovery rate of the Blue Box Program through to the transition in 2025. The plan shall include a detailed methodology for calculating generated tonnes considering the proposed elimination of steward supply-to-market reporting to Stewardship Ontario.
  2. Stewardship Ontario shall continue to undertake bale composition studies until an alternative is presented that is satisfactory to RPRA staff.

During the transition period, Stewardship Ontario will continue to operate the Blue Box Program without disruption and RPRA will continue to oversee Stewardship Ontario and its operation of the Blue Box Program and monitor the implementation of the approved wind-up plan and its conditions.

Visit Stewardship Ontario’s website for information on the implementation of the wind-up plan, including the addendum, or contact Stewardship Ontario for any operational inquiries.

Consultations on the 2022 Schedule of Contributions Officially Closed

Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) would like to thank companies for participating in their consultation process for the 2022 Schedule of Contributions, including the online meetings hosted on February 22nd by Isabelle Laflèche, Director, Company Services and Mathieu Guillemette, Principal Director, Modernization of curbside recycling and Fee structure.

In all, 184 participants had an opportunity to hear about the highlights, conditions submitted under the Draft 2022 Schedule of Contributions and ask any questions they had.

ÉEQ is the private non-profit organization that represents the companies that place containers, packaging and printed matter on the market in Québec in their responsibility to finance the costs of effective and efficient municipal curbside recycling services.

About the Schedule of Contributions: 

All companies that generate containers, packaging and printed matter (CP&PM) for Quebec’s market are required to pay an annual contribution under the Environment Quality Act. The Schedule of Contributions is a legal document published each year by the Government of Quebec that sets out the reporting terms for the obligation year.

Each Schedule of Contributions is presented to companies for consultations before going through an approval process by government authorities under the Act. These consultations are the official process leading up to the approval of the Schedule of Contributions by the Government.

ÉEQ will submit the Draft Schedule of Contributions and report on the consultation with companies to its board of directors on March 18th, and then to RECYC-QUÉBEC, as required under article 11.1.1 of ÉEQ’s certification agreement.

The Schedule of Contributions will then be submitted to the government of Quebec for analysis and recommendation of adoption. Once the Schedule of Contributions is published in the Gazette Officielle du Québec, ÉEQ will notify contributing companies, who may then access the schedule of obligations.

The Environment Quality Act was first amended in March 2021 through Bill 65, requiring the production of a single Schedule of Contributions by the two organizations certified under the compensation plan:

  • ÉEQ, for Containers, Packaging and Printed matter, and
  • RecycleMédias, for Newspapers.

The latest Draft Regulation confirms the abolition of cost allocation by materials class ahead of the formula, which has a significant impact on material rates. Before this measure was in place, costs were set by regulation and reviewed only every two or three years. Indeed, from one year to another, rates did not reflect the reality on the field. This abolition, which ÉEQ had been calling on for several years, will mean that the formula calculating cost allocation directly can be maintained, while making the process more agile and more aligned with reality.

Access Info on the Consultations on the 2022 Schedule of Contributions: 

Couldn’t make the consultation meeting? Access the documentation regarding the consultations in the Schedules of Contributions and Consultation section of the ÉEQ website.

Quick Access:

To see answers to the top 10 questions submitted by contributing companies during the consultation, click here.