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Ready to Report: Webinars and Resources for 2021

CSSA is helping ensure stewards are ready to report their annual packaging and paper data in the WeRecycle Portal by the May 31 deadline. The proven, secure reporting platform was upgraded last year and is easier to use. Once you are logged in to the Portal, direct assistance from the NSS team is available via online chat, […]

RPRA Approves Transition Plan with Conditions that Impact Steward Fees

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has approved Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Program Transition Plan, subject to certain conditions, including the deferral of the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) Methodology. Use of the Four-Step Fee Methodology was approved. In the Transition Plan, Stewardship Ontario proposed to use MCD as a new input to fee-setting to […]

Stewardship Ontario seeks new Directors to join its Board

We are currently looking for two industry directors to join us on our transition journey. Successful candidates will assist the board in fulfilling its fiduciary oversight obligations as Stewardship Ontario winds up its operations pursuant to its Transition Plans for Blue Box and MHSW. If you have a passion for or an interest in environmental […]

MECP releases draft Blue Box regulations

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has developed a proposed producer responsibility regulation for the Blue Box Program under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 101/94. The proposed regulation makes producers responsible for providing collection services to local communities, managing blue box materials and […]

2021 Blue Box Fees and Rules

2021 Blue Box Fee Rates In the Blue Box Program Transition Plan, Stewardship Ontario proposed to use MCD as a new input to fee-setting to provide better and more reliable data on the cost impacts of each material in the recycling system. Other Blue Box programs in Canada have already started the process of replacing […]

RPRA’s Consultation on the Proposed Blue Box Program Transition Plan

Thank you to all those who participated in Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Program Transition Plan consultation process throughout the spring and summer. After approval from the Board of Directors, Stewardship Ontario submitted its proposed Transition Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA). RPRA has posted the Transition Plan and its consultation information here. […]

Stewardship Ontario’s 2019 Annual Report

Stewardship Ontario, our partners and stakeholders are beginning to implement a multitude of changes brought on by the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016, and the province’s move toward a circular economy and full producer responsibility. We are pleased to share with you our 2019 multi-stakeholder Annual Report where you can learn more about these changes, as […]

Consultation on the Material Cost Differentiation Methodology

On June 25, 1:30 – 3:00 EDT, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) held an information webinar to introduce the steward community to the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) Methodology and its results. The materials are now available here, including the Stewardship Ontario fee calculator tool. Please provide feedback by July 23, 2020 to mcd@cssalliance.ca. The MCD […]

Blue Box Transition Plan Consultation Materials

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Blue Box Program and develop a Transition Plan whereby stewards will be made fully responsible for both the funding and operation of residential recycling in the province under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. As per the recent Minister’s […]

Arbitrator clarifies annual Blue Box funding obligation

A recent arbitrator’s decision has resolved a dispute between Stewardship Ontario and the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) about costs included in the Blue Box steward funding obligation. The annual steward funding obligation is the total amount that Ontario stewards must pay to municipalities for operating the Blue Box program and is the most […]