Regulations for Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and Batteries under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016
O. Reg. 30/20
O. Reg. 522/20
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016
Summary of Decision:
We finalized the regulation that will make battery producers environmentally accountable and financially responsible for collecting and managing their products at end-of-life in February 2020. The regulation for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) was finalized in September 2020.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
No new administrative cost for business.
May 10, 2019
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario is modernizing programs and services and lowering costs for the people of Ontario by allowing producers to:
find new and innovative ways to reduce costs
manage their products and packaging more efficiently
reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills
As a next step, we are making battery producers fully responsible for managing their products by transitioning the existing program for primary batteries under the Municipal Special or Hazardous Waste program to Ontario Regulation 30/20.
We are also making EEE producers fully responsible for managing their products by transitioning the existing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment program to Ontario Regulation 522/20.
This transition will put in place a new framework that:
makes individual battery and EEE producers responsible for the collection and end-of-life management of batteries and EEE they supply into Ontario
will give battery and EEE producers more control over how they safely manage their products and improve environmental outcomes
The regulations require producers of primary and rechargeable batteries that weigh five kilograms or less, and are sold separately from products, and producers of information technology, telecommunications and audio visual (ITTAV) equipment and lighting to:
establish free collection networks for consumers
achieve management requirements through reduction, reuse and/or recycling activities
provide promotion and education materials to increase consumer awareness
register, report, keep records, and undertake audits related to management activities
The regulations make individual producers legally responsible for meeting the requirements. However, to facilitate an efficient delivery model and allow for economies of scale, producers would have the flexibility to meet their obligations individually, or collaboratively with other producers, by retaining service providers.
Most service providers (e.g. producer responsibility organizations, haulers, refurbishers and specified processors) will be required to register, report and keep records. Collectors are only required to keep records.
Senior Policy Advisor
September 21, 2020