ONTARIO

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA), the regulator mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce the province’s circular economy laws, hosted a webinar on January 18, 2022 to review the draft Batteries and ITT/AV Supply Data Verification Procedure. View the webinar recording and presentation slides.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their feedback on the draft procedure to consultations@rpra.ca by February 18. All feedback will be taken into consideration when finalizing the procedure.

Producers will reference the procedure when submitting their first Supply Data Verification Report to RPRA in 2022. Under the Batteries and EEE Regulations, the 2022 supply reporting deadline is April 30. As the Regulator responsible for enforcing these Regulations, RPRA is giving producers until June 30 to submit their 2022 Supply Data Report.

For further background information, please click here. 


NOVA SCOTIA

In late January, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change announced it will begin a 60-day targeted consultation on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations for batteries, lighting (lamps) and additional electronics starting on February 22nd, 2022. The province will be providing further information over the coming weeks and months but if you would like an opportunity to discuss these potential EPR regulations with them, please reach out to Bob Kenney (robert.kenney@novascotia.ca, 902-499-2178). 

The department currently regulates EPR programs for paint, used oil/filters and electronics. Those programs are funded and managed by obligated brand owners to ensure materials are managed appropriately at end-of-life. EPR programs for batteries, lighting and additional electronics are already regulated in a number of Canadian provinces including Prince Edward Island (PEI). It is their intent to harmonize as much as possible with PEI for both residential and commercial products.

As mentioned previously, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change is also currently working with municipalities and other stakeholders to develop an EPR program for packaging, single-use plastics and paper. 

The Department announced in December they will be starting a 90-day EPR consultation for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP) starting January 10, 2022.  If you would like to be a part of that consultation period to discuss these regulations with Nova Scotia, please contact Ashley David (ashley.david@novascotia.ca).

The focus of this program will be similar to other provincial programs as it largely focuses on residential recyclables that are generated from household purchases. There will be the known tonnage and revenue thresholds in place that may indicate your company is exempt from needing to file a report.

If you wish to know more, please visit the Nova Scotia website and see the press release 

You do not need to sign-up or register for anything at this point in time.


NEW BRUNSWICK

This is a reminder that producers/brand owners for the province’s new EPR program for Packaging and Paper Products (PPP) must register no later than tomorrow, February 11, 2022.  Please note that there is no cost involved in this registration process – it is just a form that needs to be filled out.  Please take the five minutes to do this as soon as possible regardless of if you believe you need to register or not based on company size.  This can be amended later.

To register, please use either the online form or download the form here and email it.

The Government of New Brunswick recently amended the Designated Materials Regulation under the Clean Environment Act to establish an Extended Producer Responsibility program for packaging and paper products (PPP) in New Brunswick. The regulation, dated October 14, 2021, sets out the requirements for the program.

As the agency responsible for designated materials in New Brunswick, Recycle NB will oversee the packaging and paper products program. To date, it also oversees programs for tires, paint, oil/glycol, and electronics.

Recycle NB provided a recent overview presentation (click here for a copy of the slides) on the new program.