Please note that effective September 15, 2022, Circular Materials acquired the operations of the Resource Recovery Alliance.

As we transition, updates will be provided.  In the meantime, the reporting resources posted on this website are still available and are in the process of being redirected to the Circular Materials website.  If you have any questions, please contact us at

CSSA – News and Updates – January 2014


Looking forward to 2014


All of us at CSSA would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

The New Year has started off well with the news that our submission of a stewardship program plan for the management of packaging and printed paper in Saskatchewan has been approved by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in the province. More information on this is below.

This year is set to be another busy one. The Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) packaging and printed paper program launches on May 19; we have a refreshed and more robust reporting portal that is due to launch in February, offering increased functionality including the ability for stewards of multiple programs to easily report on their packaging and printed paper programs for BC, Manitoba and Ontario; and we continue our work in representing your views and advocating on your behalf to help shape the future of extended producer responsibility in Canada.

You will find updates on all the above and more below. If you have any comments or suggestions for what you’d like to see in future updates, please email us at We are planning to distribute an update once every two months.

For any questions or queries about any of CSSA’s programs, you can call CSSA’s Steward Services team on 1-888-980-9549 or email

Saskatchewan Waste Packaging and Paper Stewardship Plan Approved by Saskatchewan MOE 


On December 20, 2013, the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment approved the Waste Packaging and Paper Stewardship Plan that had been submitted by Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) in August and revised in December 2013. The plan was developed by representatives from Retail Council of Canada, Food and Consumer Products of Canada, and the Canadian Food and Restaurant Association. The program plan can be read here.

The program will launch on January 1, 2015. More information on MMSW, which is part of CSSA’s family of recycling organizations, and the program can be found at: This website will be refreshed as new information is available. For any questions you may have, you can call the CSSA Steward Services team on 1-888-980-9549 or 

MMSW’s program is a shared responsibility program with stewards bearing 75 per cent and municipalities bearing the remaining 25 per cent of the costs of delivering efficient and effective recycling services to Saskatchewan residents.

What’s Next for MMSW Stewards?

We will shortly reach out to those stewards impacted by the new MMSW program with details on the steps you will need to take to register with MMSW and submit your 2014 reports.

Reporting for MMSW’s program is being harmonized with other packaging and printed paper programs. The submission deadline will be May 31, 2014. Your report will be based on your 2013 sales data as with other programs.

MMSW is currently working on developing a small business policy, which we will be sharing with the Saskatchewan business community in the coming months. Watch your inbox for details.

Refreshed Reporting

The WeRecycle Reporting Portal has undergone some changes over the last couple of months. These changes include:

  • A refreshed look and feel to the portal
  • Easier navigation
  • Better contact and company management features
  • Options to select how you wish to enter program data and be invoiced
  • A new option to upload spreadsheets to populate the brands and affiliates section of the report
  • Self-service feature to review your invoices and payment status

The refreshed portal will be available by February 5. Stewards will be notified by email when the reporting period for packaging and printed paper programs is open.

Portal Webinars.

We will be holding a webinar in February to showcase the new features on the portal and answer any questions you may have about the reporting process. Watch your email for an invitation to the webinar.

NewResourcesReportingNew Resources to Help Stewards Report

As part of our mandate to simplify the reporting process for stewards of packaging and printed paper programs across CSSA’s family of recycling organizations, we will shortly be launching a range of tools:

  • Web-based National Guidebook – containing all the information you need to know to assess your obligation; methodologies on how best to collect the data to compile your report; a copy of the national material list mapped to provincial programs; and definitions, reporting tips and examples of the materials included in the packaging and printed paper stewardship programs CSSA oversees. The National Guidebook is set to be released in early March. You will have the choice to report against the national list or the specific provincial program lists.
  • Portal user guide/ hints and tips – we are also developing a guide for using the WeRecycle Reporting Portal to report and review your historical reports. We expect to share this in mid-February.

CCMECSSA Submits Feedback on Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility

CSSA was asked in November 2013, to share experiences and insights to feed into the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) progress review on the Canada-wide Action Plan for Extended Producer Responsibility (CAP-EPR).

As an organization that predominantly focuses on managing packaging and printed paper programs, we put together some thoughts on behalf of our stewards, and with board-level input, and submitted these to CCME. The main topics we provided feedback on included:

  • Challenges encountered in implementing or participating in EPR programs
  • The obstacles to harmonization that flow from disparate legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks that impose differing obligations in each jurisdiction
  • How CCME and industry can better collaborate to further a harmonized approach to implementing EPR in Canada

You can read a copy of the submission here.

RCCAGMUpcoming Events

The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on February 4 in Toronto.

CSSA Chair John Coyne and board member Dave Moran will be taking part in a roundtable discussion around Ontario’s new Waste Reduction Act, Bill 91.

Click here for more information on the meeting and to register.


Regional Programs – News and Updates 
mmbc  Multi-Material British Columbia
  • Payment for your first invoice of 2014 is due February 6, 2014. If you have any questions regarding your invoice, please contact your Steward Services team on 1-888-980-9549 or
  • Small business policy update – MMBC will shortly be releasing its Small Business Policy following consultations with business associations and groups.
mmsm  Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba

  • The WeRecycle Reporting Portal will be open to MMSM stewards on February 5:
    • For MMSM-only stewards, you will receive an email from CSSA in early February containing your username and temporary password. Once logged in, you will see all your previous reports and data. You will be notified by email when the reporting period is open
    • For stewards participating in additional programs, such as SO and MMBC, your login information to the WeRecycle Portal will remain the same. When logging in you will notice that all your MMSM data has been integrated into your account. You will be notified by email when the reporting period is open.
If you have any questions, please call your Steward Services team on 1-888-980-9549 or
Stewardship Ontario
  • MHSW stewards:
    • The WeRecycle Reporting Portal  will be offline from February 1 – 5 for  maintenance work. If you haven’t already submitted your report, which was due today, January 31, you will be able to do so after February 5 once the portal is back online. Please note your Q1 2014 invoice (based on your Q4 2013 report and Q3 2013 data) will be issued once the portal is back online
    • MHSW stewards can expect to receive some targeted communications over the coming weeks relating to specific material categories including oil filters, batteries, pesticides and fertilizers, and pressurized containers. Watch your inbox for emails from CSSA.


Changes at the top for Stewardship Ontario
Lyle Clarke, Stewardship Ontario’s Executive Vice President since 2012, has left the organization.

Lyle was a founding member of the SO Board in 2002, and joined the management ranks of SO in February 2009. He has spearheaded the organization through much change and has been a leading voice in the community for innovation in environmental sustainability.

Everyone at SO and CSSA wants to extend our thanks and appreciation to Lyle for his contribution to the organization.

David Pearce is now leading SO in the role of Managing Director. David has been with the organization since 2011 in the role of Director, Program Planning, and has recently played a key role in helping to shape CSSA’s national supply chain team. David can be reached on 416-323-0101 or

Read more about David here.