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News and Updates – October 2017

Steward Satisfaction Survey

A recent steward survey measuring satisfaction levels related to services provided by CSSA (i.e. call centre queries, reporting and invoicing support) shows a high level of satisfaction and provides support for continued harmonization and simplified reporting initiatives. Details on the survey results are available here.

October events

Webinar: Program Rules and Membership Agreements
Each program has conducted a comprehensive review of the program Rules, Membership Agreements and associated policies to improve clarity and harmonization. A webinar session on Tuesday, October 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT will review the rationale for the proposed updates and how they will impact stewards. Click here to register.

2017 Annual Steward Meeting
Invitations for the Annual Steward Meeting on October 31, 2017 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre were distributed in September. Meeting and registration details can be found here.

Expansion of London Drugs partnership
Recycle BC and London Drugs have expanded their partnership to offer more residents the opportunity to recycle plastic bags, plastic overwrap and foam packaging materials by dropping them off at their local store. Building off a partnership established with London Drugs stores in the City of Vancouver, on Vancouver Island and in the Fraser Valley, this phase of the expansion involves nine stores in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Learn more about the partnership and expansion here.

You can still register for Recycle BC’s Consultation 
Recycle BC will be engaging contracted collectors and stakeholders in a public consultation on the Recycle BC program and collection agreements. The consultation will take place on November 15 & 16, 2017 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Stewards are welcome to join. If you’re interested in attending, details and registration information can be found here.

End-market validation

This month, representatives from Recycle BC, along with its contractor, Green by Nature (GBN), visited end-markets in China and South Korea to see first-hand the facilities that process and recycle British Columbia’s cartons, paper and foam packaging. In addition to ensuring their material is being processed responsibly, the trip provided an opportunity to better understand the increasingly stringent material standards that have been implemented by overseas markets. The trip also allowed Recycle BC to see their material be made into new items for a second life.

Government releases clarified definition of non-resident franchisors

In July 2017, the Saskatchewan Government released a clarification document on the definition of a non-resident franchisors, which can be found here. This follows the Government’s June 2016 announcement that they had amended the Regulation to obligate non-resident franchisors.
Guidebook for Stewards updated to reflect changes to milk containers
MMSW advised stewards on March 31, 2017 that reports and invoices would change for stewards who supply milk containers to the residential market as a result of milk containers being added to Saskatchewan’s beverage deposit program in the provincial government’s 2017-18 budget. Updates to reflect this change have now been made to the Guidebook for Stewards.

2017 Northern and First Nations Community Clean-up winner

MMSM is proud to announce that the community of Cranberry Portage is the winner of the 2017 Northern and First Nations Community Clean-up, a program of MMSM and CBCRA. MMSM staff traveled to Cranberry Portage on September 21 to host a celebratory BBQ for the winning community, with over 200 community members, Community Council, clean-up volunteers and students in attendance. The community also received a blue box for each household and educational pieces to inform residents about recycling.

Developing the Amended Blue Box Program Plan: In Discussion with the Blue Box Steward Community

Stewards that participate in Stewardship Ontario’s Blue Box Program are invited to a meeting on October 25 to review and discuss proposed amended Blue Box Program Plan (a-BBPP) features that will pertain specifically to them. This meeting will be an opportunity for us to gather initial feedback and discuss the requirements from the Minister, the proposed process to transition to full producer responsibility, proposed changes to definitions of obligated materials, new targets, projected program cost estimates and more. Click here for registration details and more information on this meeting.

MHSW Rules Webinar 

Stewardship Ontario’s Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) program invites participating stewards to an October 18 webinar to review proposed changes to MHSW Rules and Policies. Stewards will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the changes that are expected to take effect January 1, 2018. Click here to register.

The Authority sets 2018 Blue Box municipal payments
The Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (the Authority) has set the 2018 Blue Box municipal payments obligation at $124.8 million, a 1% increase from the 2017 obligation. Read the announcement here.

2017 P&E campaigns target propane cylinders and contamination

Stewardship Ontario launched two advertising campaigns this summer: one reminding residents propane cylinders need to be safely disposed of at a drop-off location, and another reminding residents about contaminates – materials that can make their recyclables unrecyclable.

AMS Update: Five Months InOur National Steward Services Team is in the process of contacting MHSW automotive stewards to help them transition to the AMS Program, which officially launched on April 1

Since launch, the supply chain was successfully transitioned without disruption to consumers, collectors or service providers, the fee schedule was published, a Guide for Stewards was released to help stewards understand how to meet their obligation, and the program continues to grow.

If you have not yet joined AMS, now is the time to do so to start taking advantage of a number of benefits including predictable fees. Click here to learn how you can join in four easy steps.