News and Updates – June 2017

Reporting season comes to an end
Thank you for submitting your annual packaging and printed paper steward reports by the May 31 deadline. If you haven’t submitted your report, please do so as soon as possible on the WeRecycle Portal. Please note that you may be contacted in the coming weeks as part of our report validation process, which helps ensure that accurate tonnage is used to set fees. These reviews are a normal part of the annual reporting cycle, and are not related to compliance activities, audits, or third-party reviews.

New: Unregistered steward informant form
Know of an organization that’s obligated but not on a registered steward list? If an organization appears to be obligated and is not on the program lists, anonymous forms are available to send us their information. Find the forms here:

In case you missed it: Adjustment Policy affirmed by program Boards 
The Boards of Stewardship Ontario, Recycle BC and MMSW recently affirmed their commitment to the Adjustment Policy. The MMSM Board affirmed the policy in 2015. The policy governs the conditions under which stewards may request adjustments to their material reports and receive credits or debits for past errors. Click here to read the Boards’ report.

Save the date: October 25 for Annual Steward Meeting
The Annual Steward Meeting (ASM), held on behalf of our partner programs, is our main event for keeping stewards informed about packaging and paper recycling programs and fee schedules. Our 2017 ASM will be held on Wednesday, October 25 in Toronto at the International Plaza Hotel. Stay tuned for more info!

Conference on Canadian Stewardship
CSSA is once again pleased to be a platinum sponsor for the bi-annual Conference on Canadian Stewardship taking place in Montreal from September 27 to 29. Those interested in attending can find the registration details here.


Rebrand to Recycle BC
On March 28, Recycle BC revealed their new brand and identity. You will begin to see the new brand phased into documents and more over the coming months. The new website, RecycleBC.ca, is an online hub for all stakeholders: stewards, collectors and residents. Click here to read the rebrand announcement.
Please note that the legal name, MMBC Recycling Inc., remains the same.

London Drugs partnership expands to Vancouver Island
Starting April 10, every London Drugs store on Vancouver Island began accepting plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging, making it easier for residents to recycle these common materials that aren’t accepted in their curbside recycling. Learn more about the expansion here.

Collector consultation on Recycle BC program plan
Recycle BC will be engaging collection partners and related stakeholders in a consultation on the program plan on November 15 and 16, 2017, at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. While the event focus is on collectors, interested stewards are welcome to register and attend. Click here for more details and registration information.


Reminder: milk containers now on deposit in SK
MMSW advised that reports and invoices would change for stewards supplying milk containers to the residential market as a result of milk containers being added to Saskatchewan’s beverage deposit program in the provincial government’s recent 2017-18 budget. Click here to read the full announcement. The Guidebook for Stewards will be updated with guidance to reflect this change.


Promotion & Education
Year two of MMSM’s “Recycle Something New” campaign launched at the beginning of April, educating consumers on what they can and can’t recycle. The campaign appeared on a range of billboards, print, radio, television and transit ads throughout the province. An online campaign and social media strategy utilizing Facebook and Twitter was also initiated with various activities to increase engagement. In a few short months MMSM’s web traffic has increased by over 32%.  In addition to those strategies, MMSM has been active within the community collaborating on a variety of different events and programs.

2016 Annual Report
MMSM released its 2016 Annual Report highlighting the convenient printed paper and packaging recycling programs available to Manitoba residents. The report summarizes information on MMSM’s successful partnerships, new recycling initiatives, program performance and promotion and education. Key highlights include:

  • 4% increase in tonnes collected by municipalities
  • 3 new municipal partners were added
  • 94.3% of Manitobans have access to a residential recycling program
  • 10% increase in brand awareness

Click here to read the 2016 Annual Report.

Bag it Forward – Plastic Bag Recycling Program
It has been two years since MMSM launched the Bag it Forward program and since then the public has been very supportive. Several new partners recently joined the program giving consumers even more opportunities to donate and recycle their plastic bags. Two post-secondary institutions came on board, as well as several elementary schools in Winnipeg. Staff and students have all been working hard collecting plastic bags and keeping them out of landfills.


Propane campaign
Stewardship Ontario has launched a new propane cylinder campaign targeting Ontario campers and BBQ goers this summer. The campaign will be in market July – August. Templates will be available for municipalities to use for their own marketing activities.

RPRA sets Blue Box funding obligation
In May, the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (the Authority) announced that they have set the 2017 Blue Box Steward Funding Obligation at $123.6 million, a 1.74% increase from the $121.5 million obligation set in 2016. Read the Authority’s full announcement here.


In case you missed it: Guide for Automotive Materials Stewardship Stewards
The Guide for AMS Stewards was released in April, providing stewards with an overview of the program, materials and information on how to report. Click here to download the guide.

Reminder: You can still join AMS
AMS officially launched on April 1. Stewardship Ontario stewards who have not yet joined can still do so! Click here for the steps on how to join AMS.


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Questions?
If you have any questions about any of the programs, please feel free to call the Steward Services team at 1-888-980-9549 or email stewards@cssalliance.ca.