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CSSA – News and Updates – August 2014

Welcome to the September edition of CSSA News and Updates. This edition provides some important information on the upcoming Annual Steward Meeting; an update on recent activity in BC; and some highlights on the MMBC, MMSW, MMSM, and SO stewardship programs.

Multi-Material BC off to a Successful Start

On May 19, MMBC’s program for residential recycling officially went live.

Three years in the making, the program started delivering recycling services to 1.25 million households at launch, representing 71 per cent of BC households. Residents in the majority of these communities are benefiting from being able to recycle more items through their recycling services including milk cartons, plant pots, aluminum foil packaging, plastic film, and drink cups. Twenty communities in BC are also receiving curbside recycling services for the very first time thanks to the MMBC program.

With nearly 1,000 stewards on board, industry is taking full responsibility for managing over 180,000 tonnes of packaging and printed paper in BC.

Read more facts about MMBC here.

Latest News From MMBC:

Here are some links to the latest news from MMBC:

Here are some links to some recent news coverage:

Progress Report on EPR

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has recently released its progress report on the Canada-Wide Action Plan for EPR (CAP-EPR) following input from several organizations, including a submission from CSSA. To read our submission, click here.

To read the CCME progress report on EPR, click here.

Payment by Credit Card

Stewards with invoices under $2,500 are now able to pay online via the WeRecycle portal using a credit card.

CSSA has implemented credit card payments as part of its on-going work to better serve stewards participating in stewardship programs, and streamline the reporting and payment process.

If you have any questions about paying using a credit card, please contact your Steward Services team on 1-888-980-954 or

Regional Programs – News and Updates

Multi-Material British Columbia Regional Programs – News and Updates

  • MMBC Officially Launches – The MMBC program officially launched on May 19, 2014. Click here to view the launch news release and to watch a short video.
  • Administrative Penalties Regulation Enacted – The BC government passed the Administrative Penalties Regulation at the end of June, 2014. This provides government agencies with a means of encouraging compliance with regulatory requirements, including the BC Recycling Regulation. The maximum penalty under this regulation is $40,000, but penalties could be applied on a daily basis if the company in question does not take action to come into compliance.

Multi-Material Stewardship Western

  • Steward Registration Deadline Passed – The deadline for stewards to register with the MMSW program was June 30th, 2014. If you are a resident Saskatchewan steward and have not yet joined the program, please contact steward services at or 1-888-980-9549
  • New Website – MMSW officially launched its new website with more intuitive navigation and design to help stewards find information more easily.  The new website can be accessed at If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to email them to:

  • MMSW Preparing for Launch – The MMSW program officially launches on January 1, 2015. In preparation, the MMSW team is busy reviewing stewards’ reports and calculating 2015 fees, as well as continuing its preparations with municipal partners. Be sure to check the website for updates:

Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba

  • Helping Manitobans Recycle More –  MMSM launched a new promotion and education campaign during the spring of 2014, utilizing a range of media (radio, transit, print etc.) to engage with residents across the province. This new campaign provides residents with tips on how to become better recyclers. Visit: to see some of the adverts and tips. 
  • In addition, MMSM continued several key sponsorships:
  • Target Zero Eco Kids Tour is a theatrical, interactive and educational walking tour at The Forks in Winnipeg. The one hour tour invites kids to explore various environmental initiatives like recycling, biofuel, geothermal heating and cooling, composting and rain water collection. It encourages them to think “green” and reduce their own carbon footprint.
  • On Monday, April 14, MMSM sponsored Take Pride Winnipeg‘s Team Up to Clean Up event at the MTS Centre with over 1,000 students attending. MMSM staff set up an educational booth, gave away promotional items and talked to the students about recycling.
  • In April, MMSM sponsored the 2014 Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS). The MSSS is the largest annual science event held for students throughout Manitoba. MMSM sponsored the Best Physical Science Award and presented students with a plaque and a bursary.
  • A Year of Success for Recycling in Manitoba – Read about all the great work MMSM has done over the past 12-months to help to increase the amount of recycling tonnage collected by over 11 per cent in its Annual Report

Stewardship Ontario

  • Orange Drop Summer Tour – This summer, the Orange Drop team hit the road for their second-annual summer tour – attending festivals and events throughout Ontario to educate consumers about accepted materials, drop-off locations, recycling benefits, and more. Over the summer the following results were achieved:
    • Attended 24 events
    • Handed out 19,156 postcards with information about Orange Drop
    • 6,601 more visitors to the Orange Drop website compared to June
    • 236 new Twitter followers since the summer tour started
    • 13 new Facebook ‘likes’ since the summer tour started
  • Promotion & Education – SO is also gearing up to run two public awareness campaigns partnering with Ontario municipalities. The first campaign will utilize radio to encourage consumers to recycle more paper recyclables from the bathroom – where these items are traditionally ignored and thrown out with the garbage. The second campaign will encourage the recycling of more plastic containers and will be featured on radio and transit.
    • To listen to the paper recyclables radio ads click here.
  • Going Digital – SO recently published a digital version of its 2013 Annual Report, an environmentally-friendly way to showcase what’s been achieved this past year, and to highlight some of the innovative initiatives run with municipalities and stewards. To view the report visit

  • Arbitration Update – The arbitration hearings on Blue Box fees have been concluded and SO is awaiting a final decision from the arbitrator. The decision is expected to be delivered in the fall. SO will inform stewards once a decision is made.
  • Paints and Coatings + Batteries ISPs – Currently there are two Industry Stewardship Plans (ISPs) that have been submitted to WDO for approval – one for paints and coatings from Product Care and another for single-use batteries from Call2Recycle. Waste Diversion Ontario has been instructed by the Ministry of Environment to undertake further consultation on the ISPs.  During this period and until a final decision has been reached, SO will continue its management of these materials as usual. To read more, click here.

Final Thoughts

CSSA continues to support its family of recycling organizations through shared resources from coast-to-coast. Through a Canada-wide approach to recycling, we are able to extend our learnings and efficiencies to create better recycling solutions for all Canadians.

As an organization, we are dedicated to meeting stewards’ obligations under provincial regulations and are proud to be working with companies with such strong commitments to the environment. By working with dedicated municipalities who deliver excellent recycling programs and services, and through ongoing financing of recycling services from  stewards, Canada will continue to thrive as a leader in recycling worldwide.

We look forward to sharing more information on CSSA’s first year of operation, and hearing your comments and questions  during our second  Annual Steward Meeting on September 24, 2014.

The CSSA Team