CSSA News and Updates – December 2013

HighlightsReflecting on a busy year

This last year has proceeded at a frenetic pace as CSSA has continued its work to consolidate and coordinate packaging and printed paper stewardship programs on a national scale.

We have completed the company build, consolidated existing provincial entities under one umbrella, and started to harmonize various aspects of packaging and printed paper stewardship programs to bring better efficiency for stewards and more robust services for consumers.

From feedback and reaction to CSSA, it is clear that the time was ripe to realize the CSSA vision – one held by many in the steward community for over a decade. 

OpenForBizOpen for Business in 2014

Beginning in 2014, stewards in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario will be reporting all their stewardship obligations into our one-window portal – CSSA’s WeRecycle Registration and Report Portal. Stewards will aslo have the choice to report against one National Material List, streamlining the reporting process and enabling you to see an overview of all your stewardship programs across the country. We will also be publishing a national reporting guidebook for all programs in early 2014, and will be running webinars to help you familiarize yourself with the refreshed WeRecycle portal and National Material List. There will also be a common reporting deadline of May 31, 2014, for all stewards. More information to come in the New Year.

For any questions, queries or comments on any of CSSA’s programs, you can call CSSA’s Steward Services team on 1-888-980-9549 or email stewards@cssalliance.ca.

holidayWishing you a Happy Holiday
 

All of us at CSSA, and across our family of recycling organizations, want to extend our wishes for a happy holiday season and thank you for your support this year. The vision of a steward-led and funded organization tasked with bringing harmonization to the multiple packaging and printed paper stewardship programs across Canada took a major step towards realization this year. Without your support – as stewards, industry associations, regulatory bodies and the waste management industry at large – we would not have been able to achieve so much so soon, and wouldn’t be in such a strong position to deliver even more in the coming year.

Office Hours over the Holidays

Our offices will be closed from 1 p.m. EST on December 24 until 8:30 a.m. EST on December 27. The office will also close for New Years from 1 p.m. EST on December 31 to 8:30 a.m. EST on January 2, 2014.

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Multi-Material British Columbia
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MOE Compliance Activities

Although 698 businesses have joined MMBC as members, there are still some companies that are yet to join, representing significant amounts of packaging and printed paper tonnage. While members only pay for the costs associated with managing their own materials, MMBC wants as many members – representing as much tonnage as possible – to ensure it can provide services to all communities in the province. To this end, we are happy to report that the Ministry of Environment has started its compliance activities with the distribution of over 100 letters to BC businesses that have not complied with the Recycling Regulation. The MMBC membership list is updated weekly and posted online. If you know of BC-resident businesses that are obligated under the Recycling Regulation, but have not yet joined MMBC, please notify Steward Services on 1-888-980-9549 or stewards@cssalliance.ca.    

Small Business Policy

MMBC continues its consultations with small business associations and will be in a position to publish a policy early in the New Year. The policy will include a de minimis exemption threshold as well as two tiers of fees for small quantity stewards. Stay tuned for more details. 

Ready to Start Collecting

166 local governments, First Nations and private collectors have signed-up to the MMBC program by accepting the incentive offers for the collection of packaging and printed paper from curbside, multi-family dwellings and depots. We are very pleased with this outcome in BC and are looking forward to working with our collection partners to operate a successful recycling service for residents. Next steps – now that collection agreements have been struck with the majority of the communities in BC, MMBC has turned is attention to securing processing services to turn all that collected packaging and printed paper into recyclable commodities. 

 

Stewards to receive Q1 invoices next month

MMBC stewards will be receiving their first invoice for 2014 at the beginning of January. While MMBC will only start paying for collection and processing services after May 19, MMBC started incurring expenses for the program launch many months ago. We will need to build our working capital reserve in order to meet commitments. 

Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba

Notification – Online Reporting Portal Down from December 22

A further step along the path towards harmonization is the adoption of CSSA’s WeRecycle Registration and Reporting Portal by MMSM.  To allow for transition, the online reporting system for the MMSM stewardship program will be down as of December 22, 2013, until February 2014. CSSA will notify stewards when the WeRecycle portal is available to MMSM stewards. During this time, if you need access to any of your information, reports or data, please call the steward services team on 1-877-883-5828 or email: customerservice@stewardshipmanitoba.org

How does the reporting system transition affect MMSM stewards?

  • Stewards of multiple programs – as an MMSM steward that already uses the WeRecycle Registration and Reporting Portal to report for programs in Ontario and BC, you will be able to log in to the WeRecycle portal using your existing username and password and access all your historical data for the MMSM program.

  • For MMSM-only stewards – you will receive an email from CSSA with your user ID and temporary password.  You will then be able to reset your password to one of your choice.  All your historical MMSM reports will be accessible from the WeRecycle portal. 

2014 Reporting Reminder

As part of CSSA’s harmonization efforts for all packaging and printed paper programs, stewards of all CSSA programs now benefit from the same deadline for report submissions – May 31, 2014. In addition, the fee calculation will be based on real steward sales data for the prior year vs estimated steward sales data for the current year.

In order to give effect to these changes and as announced on October 31, 2013, at the Annual Stewards Meeting, there are changes in the MMSM Rules. In addition to aligning report dates, this one time change will align the sales data year to the municipal cost year and therefore eliminate the need for MMSM to rely on estimated steward sales data when calculating steward fees. Stewards will complete their 2014 report using their ‘real’ 2013 sales data. The 2014 invoices will re-use your 2013 report, which contained 2012 data. 

 
Stewardship Ontario

Rules

The 2014 Rules governing SO’s packaging and printed paper program will be published in early 2014 and contain a few changes from the 2013 Rules:

  • Some administrative changes to reflect date changes 
  • Clarification on the language concerning adjustments
  • A new May reporting deadline to align with all other packaging and printed paper programs across Canada
  • Some changes to material sub-categories to reflect the National Material List

The 2014 Rules, along with the fee schedule, have been approved by the SO board. They are now with WDO for its approval, expected in January 2014, at which time they will be posted on SO`s website. This is also the case for MHSW stewards.

 

MHSW Reporting 

Reporting is open from January 1, 2014, for the MHSW stewards on the WeRecycle Portal.

Bill 91 – Waste Reduction Act – Update

There will be no more movement on Bill 91 – an act introduced in the Ontario legislature to establish a new regime for the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste and to overhaul the province’s existing legislative framework – until next year as it didn’t go to committee before the end of the 2013 session. The Bill still stands at second reading stage and further debate will not occur until late February 2014.