Ontario’s RPRA seeking comment on fees

Ontario’s Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority is consulting on its proposed 2021 Registry fees for Blue Box materials and Hazardous and Special Products (HSP).

These are fees that registrants pay to the authority annually to cover costs related to building and operating the registry, and compliance and enforcement activities.

In June 2021, the Ontario government released the final Blue Box and HSP regulations. The current Blue Box Program operated by Stewardship Ontario on behalf of stewards will transition to the new producer responsibility framework between July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.

The current Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program operated by Stewardship Ontario will wind up September 30, 2021 and transition to the new regulatory framework for resource recovery on October 1, 2021.

Producers obligated under the new Blue Box and HSP regulations will be required to register, report and pay registry fees to the authority in 2021.

The proposal outlines the proposed 2021 Registry fees for Blue Box and HSP, as well as the methodology for allocating costs across all programs. 

Provide feedback

RPRA is hosting two webinars to explain the methodology used to calculate the proposed fees and gain feedback from registrants and other interested stakeholders. The same information will be presented at each session.

Sign up for a consultation webinar below:

Stakeholders can also submit their feedback by email to consultations@rpra.ca. All feedback must be received by the Authority on or before August 3, 2021.

From March 30 to May 14, 2021, the Authority consulted on the 2021 Registry fees for tires and batteries and electronics. The Authority posted the final fees to its website on May 25, 2021 and notified stakeholders the same day. Any difference between revenues generated through the 2021 Registry fees for tires and batteries and electronics and the allocated program budgets outlined during this consultation will be reconciled when setting 2022 fees.