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CSSA News and Updates – October 2020

Payment and reporting update
Please note that the temporary change announced in April to assist those stewards unable to meet payment deadlines will end December 31, 2020. The extended 90-day grace period for the application of interest will return to 30 days per the Penalty and Interest Policy. On behalf of the programs, CSSA thanks stewards for continuing to submit their reports and make invoice payments during COVID-19 business disruptions. CSSA staff continue to work remotely and the National Steward Services team is available to assist: 1-888-980-9549 or

October 21 Annual Steward Meeting – register now
The 2020 Annual Steward Meeting for packaging and paper stewards is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21 at 1 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held via Zoom this year. The Report to Stewards that includes 2021 fee rates will be distributed in advance. Click here to register.

Material Cost Differentiation report and 2021 fees
Following strong steward representation and support for the MCD methodology during the recent consultation process, program boards have approved the phased implementation of the Material Cost Index (MCI) for setting 2021 packaging and paper material fees. (The methodology for Stewardship Ontario fee rates will require approval by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority and amendments to the program Rules.) Fee information will be distributed to stewards prior to the Annual Steward Meeting. The full consultation report and further information about MCD is available here.

Voluntary steward deadline – December 1
New voluntary stewards who want to start reporting in 2021 need to submit a Voluntary Steward Agreement (VSA) for each packaging and paper program by December 1, 2020. Existing voluntary stewards who wish to cancel their VSA and not report in 2021 are reminded to notify the program(s) by December 1, 2020. See the Voluntary Steward Policy for more information.

Policy updates
The program boards have approved a draft Deduction and Exclusion Policy for steward consultation, prior to the final consideration of the policy in December. There have also been minor updates to the Steward-Initiated Adjustment Requests and Dispute Resolution policies, as well as program Membership Agreements and Rules. More information is available on the CSSA website.

Zero Waste Conference
CSSA is a proud partner of the Zero Waste Conference taking place on November 13, 2020. The virtual event features a range of speakers sharing insights on how circular solutions can help move us to a resilient and prosperous future. Further information and registration is available on the conference website.

Relief efforts reduce 2021 budget
Recognizing the financial challenges many stewards are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and following extensive engagement with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Recycle BC has successfully negotiated postponement of some program plan amendments required by government when it approved the last program plan. The anticipated total value of the relief for 2021 is more than $10 million, and includes deferred costs for initiatives such as collection of materials from public spaces, expansion of curbside service to smaller and more rural communities and increasing the number of multi-family buildings serviced by the program. Details on the 2021 budget and fees will be provided in advance of the October 21 Annual Steward Meeting.

Regulation will change designated materials
Recently announced amendments to the Recycling Regulation will change the materials to be included in annual steward reports. Milk and milk substitutes will be transferred to deposit effective February 2022. Single-use and packaging-like materials will be designated materials beginning in 2023. Stewards will be kept informed as implementation planning for these changes proceeds. More information on the amendments is available here.

Fall residential awareness campaign 
Recycle BC recently launched its province-wide awareness campaign to encourage BC residents to recycle all they can, while also nurturing the culture of recycling in the province. The campaign emphasizes the program’s role in environmental protection by demonstrating how good recycling helps everyone “get on nature’s good side”. View the campaign videos here.

Phased implementation of cost study
The MMSW board has approved a phased approach for implementing increased payments to collectors that are required as part of its Stewardship Plan commitments. Following consultation with the MMSW Advisory Committee, payments to local governments will increase over a two-year period. The 2021 increase is $2.1 million and a further increase is expected in 2022. This increase is in line with the program’s commitment to pay collectors based on Saskatchewan cost data while recognizing the current financial difficulties facing many stewards and other parties. Budget and fee details will be provided prior to the October 21 Annual Steward Meeting.

Helping collectors reduce contamination
MMSW has developed promotion and education materials to support collectors in reducing contamination, after collectors found higher amounts of hazardous materials and contamination in residential blue boxes earlier this year. These materials were made available on the MMSW website for collectors to download and use.

Northern and First Nations project
MMSM is continuing its work with Manitoba Northern and First Nations communities on the two-year Winter Road pilot project to divert more designated materials from landfill. Consultations and technical support have been ongoing, with several communities receiving tote bags to promote recycling in their communities.

Recyclepedia updates
MMSM recently launched a mobile app version of its highly successful Recyclepedia webtool and has made it available for more communities. The updates will increase residents’ knowledge of what can and cannot be recycled, which helps reduce contamination and confusion, and also strengthens relationships with two of Manitoba’s largest municipalities, the City of Winnipeg and the City of Brandon. Check out the Recyclepedia here.

Blue Box Program Transition Plan 
Stewardship Ontario’s proposed Blue Box Program Transition Plan was approved by its Board of Directors and submitted to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA). RPRA has published the proposed Transition Plan and will be hosting a series of consultations starting the week of October 12. More information is available on RPRA’s website. The Minister anticipates RPRA will approve the Transition Plan no later than December 31, 2020.

MHSW wind up financial update
The Stewardship Ontario Board reviewed MHSW finances in light of RPRA’s approval of the Industry Stewardship Organization (ISO) Surplus Fund Transfer Addendum and has set initial fee reduction schedules for some MHSW materials. It’s important to note that the initial fee reduction schedules are dependent on program cost variables and will likely be adjusted throughout the wind up process. More information, including the planned fee reduction process for each material, can be found on the MHSW wind up webpage.

Single-use battery final invoice delay
Stewardship Ontario is waiting for resolution of a potentially significant steward adjustment before issuing September 30 final invoices for battery stewards. The adjustment will be included in the fee reduction amount and a notice will be sent as soon the final invoice date is known.

Transition to new regulatory framework 
The Industry Stewardship Plan operated by AMS will be wound up as part of the MHSW Program wind up on June 30, 2021. Producers will continue to be responsible for meeting their obligations and AMS has been advocating for a smooth transition to the forthcoming regulation. A draft of the regulation is expected this fall. AMS will continue to support members and provide updates on the transition. More information is available here.

2021 fee schedule
The current fee schedule announced in July has been extended to Q2 2021 with reports due April 30. The May 1, 2021, invoices will be the final quarter of fee reductions related to the MHSW Surplus Return and likely the final quarter under the existing ISP. Fee reductions remain unchanged for all reporting categories with the exception of oil containers. Details are available here.
Adjustment Policy update
The AMS board has approved Adjustment Policy changes in light of the pending wind up of the MHSW Program. The changes address good standing, revised timelines and fee reductions. The updated policy is available here.




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