News and Updates – December 2017

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Hours

Season’s Greetings from all of us! Thank you for your continued partnership and support during 2017! We all wish you a safe and prosperous New Year.
Please be advised of the hours of operation applicable to the CSSA office during the holiday season:

December 22, 2017: Offices close at 1 p.m. regional time
December 25, 2017: Offices closed
December 26, 2017: Offices closed
December 27, 2017: Regular office hours
December 28, 2017: Regular office hours
December 29, 2017: Offices close at 1 p.m. regional time
January 1, 2018: Offices closed
January 2, 2018 onward: Regular office hours

WeRecycle Portal Scheduled Maintenance Outage 
The WeRecycle Portal will be undergoing regular maintenance and will not be available for steward self-serve options between December 18, 2017, and January 2, 2018, due to scheduled upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions about your bills, please contact accounting@cssalliance.ca or 1-855-354-2772 ext. 117.

2018 Changes to Membership Agreements, Rules and Policies
Following steward consultation and feedback, program boards have determined that most of the proposed changes to Membership Agreements, Rules and Policies will take effect January 1, 2018. However, the proposed policy on Parallel Importation and the proposed policy for Reporting and Deductions will not be implemented for 2018. A link to a summary of the changes and the final documents was sent to stewards last week and they are available here.

Invoices Redesigned
Stewards will see a new look when 2018 invoices are distributed in early January. The invoices have been redesigned to improve clarity and organization of billing information.

2018 Credit Card Payment Temporarily Unavailable
Due to system maintenance activities, credit card payment of invoices (eligible for those less than $2,500) will be temporarily unavailable via the WeRecycle Portal starting January 29, 2018. During the outage stewards can make payments by Electronic Funds Transfer, by cheque or by contacting CSSA to have your credit card payment processed on your behalf.  Questions about invoices or requests for manual credit card processing can be sent to accounting@cssalliance.ca. Please do not include credit card information in your email inquiry.

2017 Annual Steward Meeting Recap
Thank you to all the stewards and stakeholders who attended the October event to learn about 2018 budgets and fees, among other things. In case you missed the meeting, the materials, including the Q&A, can be found here.

Ready to Report Webinars
The annual reporting webinar is being expanded to two dates based on steward input. A webinar for new stewards and individuals new to the reporting role is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, with a similar event for other stewards on Thursday, March 1. Invitations will be sent in late January along with the launch of 2018 reporting resources on the CSSA website.

Consultants Retained to Advance MCD Project
CSSA is pleased to announce that Resource Recycling Systems, Inc. (RRS) has been awarded a contract to provide expert consulting support to the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) project. The launch of the MCD project was announced to the steward community in October 2016 as a necessary next step to the fee setting methodology review project. Details about MCD and the consulting engagement are available here.


Recycling Regulation Amendment  
A recent amendment to the BC Recycling Regulation expanded the Packaging and Paper Product Category to include paper fibre and clarified that paper for general use is a designated material. Both should be included in 2018 steward reports. Paper fibre includes material such as wrapping paper. Paper for general use includes copying and writing paper. The category also includes flyers, brochures, booklets, catalogues, telephone directories, newspapers, magazines. The amendment is available here.

London Drugs Partnership Expansion 
Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Prince George, Gibsons and Squamish are the latest areas to have local London Drug stores accept plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging. Read about the expansion of Recycle BC’s partnership with London Drugs here.

Streetscape Project Report Available
Recycle BC, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, conducted a nine-month on-street recycling pilot project to encourage residents and visitors to recycle packaging and printed paper. The pilot project launched in August 2016 and ran until May 2017. The recycling stations are in 31 locations in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood and Second Beach in Stanley Park. Click here to read the report.
Holiday Recycling Campaign
The holidays are a time for celebrating, and there is often additional packaging and paper that comes along with the festivities! Recycle BC has launched its annual Holiday Recycling Campaign, running until January. Learn more here.

Two Years In

MMSW launched its program on January 1, 2016, and to-date has executed funding agreements with 454 municipalities, Regional Waste Authorities and First Nations communities, servicing 82% of Saskatchewan households. Municipalities deliver collection, processing and material marketing services and receive payment based on a 60% capture rate of the packaging and paper reported by MMSW members.

 
MMSM Continues its Public Outreach 
Here are some highlights and updates from several of MMSM’s programs and educational campaigns in the last few months:

Northern & First Nations Community Clean-up
MMSM is proud to announce the 2017 Northern & First Nations Community Clean-up Winner, Cranberry Portage. MMSM staff recently traveled to the community to host a celebratory BBQ. Each household in Cranberry Portage will also receive a blue box.
 
2017 Bag up Manitoba Program
The Bag up Manitoba – Plastic Bag Challenge, officially closed on October 31 with 166 schools across the province, keeping 1,194,583 plastic bags out of the landfills! This fantastic program educates students about the reduction, reuse and recycling of plastic bags and diverts plastic bags from our landfills.

The plastic bags collected in the program are baled and shipped to Trex for recycling into composite decking material and other products. All participating schools received bird feeders created from recycled plastic and wood composite material. In addition, 14 benches were awarded to urban and rural schools via random draw. MMSM has partnered on this important initiative with Take Pride Winnipeg! Inc. for the past eight years. Since 2008, it has kept over 9.4 million plastic bags out of landfills.
Single-Family Dwelling Project
MMSM in partnership with the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association launched a new project called the Single Family Dwelling Project, or the SFD Project. During the month of September and October, 10,000 small in home recycling bins were delivered to one of Winnipeg’s lowest recovery neighbourhoods. The bin will make recycling more convenient and more accessible for homeowners. Along with the bin, a recycling guide and magnet with information on what can and cannot be recycled was included. Waste audits will be conducted in the coming months to determine the success of the program.
Brandon’s Waste Reduction Challenge
For the sixth year in a row, MMSM was the title sponsor of Brandon’s Waste Reduction School Challenge, running from October 10-26, with 413 students across nine different Brandon School Division schools participating. Held each October during Sustainability Month, the three-week challenge sees students competing for points by participating in various waste reduction activities including making recycled art projects, cleaning the playground, or shutting off lights/computers when not needed. This year, students mentored other classes on recycling efforts and spread the word about recycling & composting via daily school announcements, posters and bulletin boards. Each participating classroom also participated in a field trip to the Eastview Landfill and created a pledge outlining what environmental action they as a class will carry out for the rest of the school year.

Next Steps: Developing the Proposal for an Amended Blue Box Program Plan
Thank you to those stewards who participated in Stewardship Ontario’s consultation on the proposal for an amended Blue Box Program Plan (a-BBPP). We appreciate the involvement and feedback on specific elements of the plan over the past two months. We invite you to continue your involvement by reviewing the draft Blue Box Program Plan and participating in a webinar on January 8, 2018 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. EST.  During this webinar, Stewardship Ontario and the Authority will answer questions, receive comments and discuss elements of the draft a-BBPP.
 
Feedback on the draft a-BBPP is needed by January 15, 2018.
January Invoices
A reminder that Stewardship Ontario’s 2018 invoices will be distributed in early January. The introduction of the January billing cycle will have all CSSA programs on the same invoice schedule. Annual invoices are due January 31, and quarterly payments are due:
  • January 31
  • April 30
  • July 31
  • October 31

New Categories and Rates 
AMS stewards are reminded that new Antifreeze reporting categories and fee rates will apply to sales quantities beginning January 1, 2018.  Stewards will use the new reporting categories to report quantities by April 30, 2018, and this will inform Q2 invoices. More information on new rates and categories is available here.