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The Importance of Product Stewardship

INDUSTRY FUNDING

Stewardship Ontario operates the Orange Drop Program under the authority of the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 (WDA). Stewardship Ontario is designated in legislation as an “Industry Funding Organization,” meaning it is the responsibility of industry to operate and pay for the Orange Drop stewardship program according to the model of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), also known as Product Stewardship.

A FAIR SHARE OF COSTS

The fairness of the Orange Drop Program rests on the willingness of all industry stewards obligated under legislation to recognize their responsibility, report accurately, meet reporting deadlines, pay invoices on time and play by the rules. The fees charged by Stewardship Ontario are set out in Ontario Regulation 11/12, which requires Stewardship Ontario to allocate program costs according to a prescribed formula.

Stewards are fully responsible for the Orange Drop program (100% EPR), which cost $42 million in 2011.

Should a steward fail to meet its obligations, the Waste Diversion Act details the enforcement provisions and penalties for non-compliance. To create a level playing field for all its stewards, and an equitable distribution of costs, Stewardship Ontario has Steward Services and Compliance Teams, and is supported by the compliance and enforcement activities of the Ministry of the Environment’s (MOE) Investigations and Enforcement Branch (IEB). This ensures everyone obligated under the WDA pays a fair share of the cost of operating the Orange Drop Program.

WHO IS AN OBLIGATED STEWARD?

  • A company that is resident in Ontario.
  • A company that is a brand owner, first importer or franchisor of one or more Municipal Hazardous or Special Materials (MHSM) supplied in Ontario.
  • A company whose products generate designated Orange Drop (MHSW) waste.

For more details see: Am I a Steward?

ARE YOU AWARE OF UNREGISTERED STEWARDS?

Our Compliance Team welcomes support from stewards and the public to identify and register unregistered stewards. Check first that the company has an obligation to report, by finding out what constitutes an Ontario resident, brand owner, first importer or franchisor at Am I a Steward? If the company appears to be an obligated Steward but is not filing reports, there are two ways you can let us know:

Contact a Compliance Specialist.

Anonymously complete this form with details about the company you are reporting:

CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY

We take the privacy of the information you provide us very seriously. Stewardship Ontario Privacy Policy.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A COMPANY IS FOUND NON-COMPLIANT?

If a registered steward fails to file timely and accurate reports or pay stewardship fees, or if a notified steward fails to register, Stewardship Ontario’s Compliance Team attempts to bring the non-compliant party into compliance. At any time where a steward is in non-compliance, the matter may be forwarded to the Ministry of the Environment’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch. The Investigations and Enforcement Branch will consider the matter and determine whether additional compliance and enforcement action will be taken under the WDA. Under the act if an individual (corporation) is convicted, he/she (the corporation) may be subject to a fine of not more than $20,000 ($100,000) for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues.

WHAT DOES STEWARDSHIP ONTARIO DO TO ENSURE PROGRAM FAIRNESS?

SOLICITS STEWARD REPORTS:

Stewardship Ontario’s Compliance Team helps solicit information when stewards fail to report.

ENSURES STEWARD REPORTS ARE ACCURATE:

Inaccurate reports mean that stewards may pay too much or too little. To help ensure everyone pays a fair share of operating costs, Stewardship Ontario’s Compliance Team engages highly qualified individuals from third party audit firms to review steward reports. These reviews either confirm the accuracy of the reports or identify reporting errors for which stewards are held accountable. The reviews also help Stewardship Ontario understand reporting challenges so that we can provide guidance.

ENFORCES STEWARD FEE PAYMENTS:

Stewardship Ontario’s Compliance Team helps collect delinquent accounts receivable.

RESOLVES MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

We understand that mistakes and misunderstandings happen. Our Compliance Team makes every effort to address errors and resolve issues fairly and amicably.

CONTACT US

If you would like to speak our Compliance Team, please contact: complianceteam@stewardshipontario.ca

RESOURCES

The Waste Diversion Act
Orange Drop Rules
Orange Drop Program Plan
Confidentiality and Privacy


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