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Fees and Payments

Each Designated Blue Box Waste (DBBW) material is associated with an annual fee rate (see Fee Setting Methodology). See annual Fee Calculation Models (also referred to as Pay In Model (PIM) Tables) below.

An obligation year is a calendar year for which stewards are or were required to register, file a Steward’s Report and pay applicable fees. The first obligation year for this program was 2003. Most obligated stewards were required to file Steward’s Reports during the first seven obligation years (i.e. 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and/or 2009).

Please note: The 2003 and 2004 obligation years are submitted as one Steward’s Report using the 2002 data year. In addition, the 2007 Rules require stewards to submit data reflecting their 2006 sales and DBBW to Stewardship Ontario in order to calculate their fees for 2007. Stewards will NEVER be required to collect and submit 2005 data to Stewardship Ontario.

To view fee rates and calculation models for current and past years, please see below.


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 the Activity Based Costing (ABC) Methodology with MCD and have set 2021 steward fees using the Four-Step Fee Methodology and a 50/50 blend of the MCD and ABC methodologies.

Stewardship Ontario took the same approach in its proposed Transition Plan. We presented the 2021 steward fee schedule at the Annual Steward Meeting (ASM) while highlighting that it was still subject to approval as part of RPRA’s review and consultation on the Transition Plan.

With RPRA’s condition to defer MCD, we had to recalculate 2021 fees using the Four-Step Fee Methodology and ABC Methodology alone, without MCD. We encourage you to review the new, approved 2021 steward fee schedule.

Also referred to as Pay In Model (PIM) Tables

Program Years


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