RPRA Launches Consultation on Enhancing Public Reporting of Resource Recovery Data and RPRA Compliance Activities

Starting last week (June 22) until August 5, 2022, RPRA is consulting with stakeholders on Enhancing Public Reporting of Resource Recovery Data and RPRA Compliance Activities.

RPRA is seeking feedback from stakeholders on what enhancements can be made to their public reporting of resource recovery and compliance information, including hearing what information is most valuable for your organization and why it is useful.

RPRA is responsible for providing information to the public about Ontario’s progress in advancing a circular economy, including reporting publicly on how producers are meeting the resource recovery requirements set out in the regulations. RPRA is also required to report publicly on compliance and enforcement activities.

Visit RPRA’s Resource Recovery Reports webpage to review the publicly reported resource recovery information currently available for the Tires, Batteries and ITT/AV programs.

Read RPRA’s proposal for enhanced public reporting

Stakeholders are invited to submit feedback on public reporting via email to consultations@rpra.ca by Friday, August 5, 2022. 

RPRA will consider all comments received during the consultation period. Stakeholder feedback will be summarized in a report that will be posted to the consultation page following the consultation period.

Have a question?

For more information about the consultation, visit RPRA’s consultation page or contact them at consultations@rpra.ca.

Éco Entreprises Québec Looks for Letter of Support from Companies to be the Designated Management Organization (DMO) for New Curbside Recycling Program

On June 14, 2022, Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) announced that it was pleased to see that the new regulation for Quebec’s curbside recycling of Packaging and Printed Paper meets a vast majority of the winning conditions it put forward for a successful implementation of the extended producer responsibility for the diversion and recycling of containers, packaging and printed matter in Quebec. 

With all the necessary leverage to regain the confidence of producers and citizens, ÉEQ will be submitting its official application to become the Designated Management Organization (DMO) for curbside recycling within the following weeks. ÉEQ invites businesses which it has been representing for over 15 years to now support this designation  by providing Letters of Support.

Like other provinces, Quebec is in the process of transitioning the control and management of its curbside recycling of Packaging and Printed Paper to the companies (producers / brand owners) who market containers, packaging, printed matter and newspapers (C, P, PM & N) in the province. The transition to the new extended producer responsibility (EPR) model is being carried out from 2022 to 2024 and is to be fully deployed in 2025. 

The overhaul actually involves two new regulations involving (1) an expanded deposit-return system for drink containers (the government will require merchants who sell these products to take them back and refund the deposit) as well as (2) the move to the EPR approach on curbside recycling system of packaging and printed paper which will also include recycling from IC&I sources at some point. 

Curbside Recycling Highlights:

  • The modernization of curbside recycling follows a unique government-established cocreation process which has included all actors in the recycling value chain. It is based on an extended producer responsibility (EPR) model. Starting in 2025, companies will have full responsibility over the containers, packaging and printed matters they market, from their design to their recycling, in a perspective of circular economy.
  • This regulatory framework will offer new opportunities presently absent for companies that finance the current system, which include being the primary instructing party and owner of the materials. Ensuring traceability, quality control as well as local and regional recycling will also be part of the new set of rules.
  • Consultation committees will focus on identifying issues and winning conditions of this transformation. They will also provide a space to comment on the implementation’s fundamental principles.  These committees will touch on the four following topics: Materials ecodesign and recyclability, Recycling and marketing of the material, Material recovery facilities as well as Municipal partners for front-line services.

As previously advised, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Environment is in the process of updating the province’s Household Packaging and Paper Stewardship Program Regulations which govern the distribution of packaging and printed paper to Saskatchewan households by businesses.

Similar to other provincial moves, the proposed changes include shifting the program to be fully funded and operated by producers. As well, updates have been made to try to harmonize the regulations with neighbouring jurisdictions (British Columbia in particular).

Read the draft regulations

Read the summary of proposed changes

Over the past few weeks, several information sessions were held for stakeholders.  You can watch a pre-recorded video of a presentation that was made for stewards/producers and businesses here: Watch the presentation. If you would like a copy of the slide deck, please email waste.management@gov.sk.ca.

Comments and written feedback are to be sent to the Ministry by June 30, 2022 although they are sure to accept feedback beyond this date.

PRO organization Circular Materials is still welcoming feedback to their draft New Brunswick Producer Services Agreement (PSA). 

They ask that you prepare comments on the New Brunswick PSA in a table, which you can download here, to ensure they capture all feedback. Please submit the table with your feedback by June 30, 2022, to info@circularmaterials.ca.

All feedback will be carefully reviewed and considered as Circular Material finalizes the New Brunswick PSA throughout July and August. The final PSA will be distributed to producers to sign in September.

In the meantime, if you haven’t done so already, your company can sign an Agent Agreement to be represented by Circular Materials in New Brunswick. The Agent Agreement is different from the PSA as it supports the submission of the New Brunswick Stewardship Plan and access to report 2021 supply data into their Producer Portal between September 1 – October 31, 2022. The PSA supports the implementation of the New Brunswick Stewardship Plan.

If you have any questions or would like to request an Agent Agreement, please email info@circularmaterials.ca.