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CSSA – News and Important Updates

CSSA Annual Steward Meeting – Highlights

CSSA held its inaugural annual steward meeting on October 31, 2013. It was our first opportunity to demonstrate an early benefit of CSSA harmonization – one annual meeting, rather than three for each stewardship organization – saving the 350 attendees time and money. See below for meeting highlights and helpful links.


CSSA: Created by Stewards for Stewards

John Coyne, CSSA Board Chair opened the meeting with an overview of CSSA’s plan to    deliver cost efficient packaging and printed paper stewardship programs on a national  scale, and provided an update on the early steps in our journey towards national  harmonization.Click here to read John’s remarks.


Apples-to-Apples Comparison Now Possible with Standardized Metrics

 The meeting was CSSA’s first opportunity to cast a new national lens on all three packaging and printed paper programs, using a set of standardized environmental, financial and consumer metrics that in coming years will be used consistently across programs to track, improve and annually report out on performance. More detailed information is available here.  


Total Steward Obligations for MMBC, MMSM and SO

In 2014, the total steward obligation for CSSA programs will be $199.5 million. While steward obligations across the programs differ (50% in ON, 80% in MB, and 100% EPR in BC), the cost components such as supply chain costs (collecting, transporting and processing the material), promotion and education (P&E), research and development, and program management, are similar across programs. Click here to learn more about the 2014 steward obligation for each program.


2014 Fee Schedules Now Available

The fee schedules, which consist of fee rates expressed as cents/kg for each material category are now available – Multi-Material British Columbia,  Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba,Stewardship Ontario. To understand more about the three factor formula used to allocate costs across material categories, click here

Meeting Materials Available

All materials from the meeting are available online to review – please click on the below links to access them:

This material can also be accessed via the CSSA website here

New National Reporting List Available for 2014
The journey towards administrative harmonization continues with the creation of a national list of materials that will be available on the WeRecycle Portal for 2014 steward reports. Developed in consultation with members of CSSA’s Customer User Group (our test-group of steward companies), the national list is the first step in harmonizing reporting for packaging and printed paper stewards in BC, MB, and ON.

Click here to see the National Material List and learn more about it.

Regional Program – News and Updates You Need to Know

Multi-Material British Columbia

Thanks to all stewards for submitting your reports. Along with our colleagues at MMBC, we are looking forward to working with you to make BC’s recycling program a success. Click here for a list of MMBC Members.

MMBC stewards – please take note of the important updates below:

PET Thermoform Containers re-classified as high grade plastic

MMBC has classified non-beverage PET thermoform containers, e.g., clamshells, as high grade plastic. This means that the 2014 fee rate changes from 54 cents/kg to 31 cents/kg. Click here to learn more about why the fee rate changed.

Find Out What Your Cost Obligation for 2014 Is

Your report with kgs by material and applicable fee rates is now available to view on the WeRecycle portal. Log in and navigate to the ‘View or Print Report’ page.

Steward Report Adjustments due November 29

If you have any adjustments to make to your report, please get in touch with Steward Services on 1-888-980-9549 or before November 29, 2013.

Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba
Stewards participating in the Manitoba program can view their 2014 fee schedule here.

Stewardship Ontario

Ontario stewards can now view their  2014 material fee schedule and the Blue Box Fee Calculation model for 2014 (PIM table).

You can also review your report with kgs by material and applicable fee rates on the WeRecycle portal. To view your report, navigate to the ‘View or Print Report’ page.

Multi-Material Stewardship Western Readies for PPP Programs

Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) submitted a program plan for approval in August 2013. Preparations are underway to start steward recruitment in advance of the anticipated program start date in 2015.

Read more about the Saskatchewan program here.

Have any questions about CSSA? Visit our FAQ page or email us: or call 1-888-980-9549

CSSA – bringing better recycling options to consumers through the delivery of harmonized services to industry stewards.

For more information about CSSA and our family of recycling organizations, visit:

CSSA was founded, and is funded and led by retailers and brand owners that partisipate in stewardship programs for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario.