Final 2019 Policy, Rules and Membership Agreement Updates

A number of mostly minor changes have been made to some of the policies that were introduced at the beginning of 2018. The changes were approved by program boards following steward consultation. There have also been minor changes to the Rules for Stewardship Ontario and MMSM, along with the Membership Agreements for Recycle BC and MMSW. In Ontario, the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority has also approved the changes to Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box and MHSW Rules and the policies that are attached as appendices to the Rules. Updates are effective January 1, 2019, and links to the final documents are included in the below summaries.

Policy Updates

Penalty and Interest PolicyRevisions that advance a more consistent approach to charges for non-compliance include non-registration and non-reporting being subject to 5% and 10% penalties rather than interest charges, which will now only apply to late payments. See the 2019 Penalty and Interest Policy.

Parallel Importation Policy: This proposed policy was under consideration by the program boards with an implementation date of January 1, 2020. The program boards have decided to further consider the policy during the first quarter of 2019 and have deferred review until March 2019.  At that time, the Parallel Importation Policy may or may not be approved for implementation for 2020 reports.  Stewards will be kept informed of developments

Onboarding Policy: Revisions to the existing policy that applies consistent principles to new stewards will provide greater clarity in their initial year of supplying PPP, including the need to file two reports in year one and confirming that fees should be paid for all periods in which PPP is supplied to consumers. See the 2019 Onboarding Policy.

Steward-Initiated Adjustment Policy: Update to the applicable dates for the 2019 calendar year and clarification of a steward’s access to net credits arising from an adjustment request. See the 2019 Steward-Initiated Adjustment Policy.

Deductions: The 2019 Guidebook will contain additional information regarding deductions.  All stewards that are claiming permitted deductions in their 2019 reports must complete and submit the Deductions Form on the WeRecycle Portal.  The programs reserve the right to deny deductions or require stewards to supply additional information in support of their deduction.

Rules and Membership Agreement Updates

2019 Stewardship Ontario Blue Box Rules: Minor changes to update dates for the 2019 calendar year. See the 2019 Rules.

2019 Stewardship Ontario MHSW Rules: Minor changes to update dates for the 2019 calendar year and to reference future Wind-Up Plan. See the 2019 Rules.

2019 MMSM Rules: Minor changes to update dates for the 2019 calendar year. See the 2019 Rules.

Recycle BC Membership Agreement: Minor changes to update dates for the 2019 calendar year and to improve harmonization. See the 2019 MA.

MMSW Membership Agreement: Minor changes to update dates for the 2019 calendar year and to improve harmonization. See the 2019 MA.



Final Changes to 2018 Membership Agreements, Rules and Policies

  • Proposed changes to Membership Agreements, Rules and Policies (available below) were shared with stewards in October 2017 – the programs thank the many stewards that participated in webinars and provided submissions during the consultation period
  • After considering steward feedback, the program boards determined that most of the proposed changes will take effect on January 1, 2018, with some notable exceptions:
    • Voluntary Steward provisions have already been implemented
    • The proposed policy for Parallel Importation has been deferred and will NOT be implemented for 2018
    • The proposed policy for Reporting and Deductions has been deferred and will NOT be implemented for 2018, however stewards claiming deductions in 2018 reports will be required to provide information to support analysis that will guide future policy development
    • The scope of the proposed policy for Administration Fees, Interest and Penalties has been revised to exclude administration fees.
  • A Summary of the final changes and the final Membership Agreements, Rules and Policies are posted below; information (presentations, Q&As) from webinars and consultation is also available below.

Summary of Changes


RECYCLE BC

MMSW

MMSM

STEWARDSHIP ONTARIO – BLUE BOX

STEWARDSHIP ONTARIO – MHSW

POLICIES


Webinar and Consultation Information

Consultation Summary

October 17 Webinar for PPP Stewards:

October 18 Webinar for MHSW Stewards


Proposed Membership Agreements, Rules and Policies