Recycling Qualification Program
Ontario’s Recycling Qualification Program is now in effect, and the Recycling Qualification Office will handle all applications for processing of end-of-life electronics, and revisions to existing approvals. The office was established in April of this year to manage all assessments and approvals for recyclers. The view is that by establishing a national office for qualification of recyclers, the applications approval process will be streamlined and recycler assessments can occur in a more timely and diligent manner. Electronics Product Stewardship Canada worked with stewardship groups to review and revise the Electronics Recycling Standard from across Canada, namely: Saskatchewan, Atlantic Canada, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.
New date for BC small appliance program
British Columbia has changed the commencement date for the Small and Portable Appliance Recycling Program operated by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA). The program is intended to allow residents of British Columbia to recycle their small appliances. The program had been scheduled to commence on August 1, 2011 and required member companies to report on sales of small and portable appliance products and to pay environmental handling fees to CESA. CESA has created an online reporting system whereby reporting companies can register and file monthly reports on small appliance sales. The first sales report and fee remittance from members will be due in November for sales made in the previous month.
New Quebec stewardship reg
Responsibility for the recovery and reclamation of certain products has been given to “commercial enterprises” as a result of a new regulation entitled “Regulation Respecting Recovery and Reclamation of Products by Enterprises” promulgated under Quebec’s Environment Quality Act. The regulation took effect July 14, 2011.
The regulation requires that every “enterprise” that markets a new product under a brand, name or “distinguishing guise” must make arrangements for the product to be recovered and reclaimed by participating in an approved program. Where the product is marketed under more than one brand or name, the obligation is on the enterprise responsible for design of the product. The regulation supports the waste management hierarchy but includes the possibility of energy recovery in some circumstances, and also promotes environmental friendly product design.
New Ontario tire program
Ontario Tire Stewardship has launched a new program that would provide Ontario-based communities and organizations up to $50,000 towards the purchase and installation of recycled rubber products manufactured in the province. Products include rubber mulch, roof shingles and sidewalk tiles. The program is entitled the “Community Grant Program” and is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community groups or organizations, schools, colleges and universities, and First Nation communities throughout Ontario.
In order to qualify for the grant, the projects must use products that are made from recycled rubber produced in Ontario, and must completed within twelve months of approval of the project. Two categories have been established for projects: the first involves granular products such as mulch for landscaping or playgrounds; the second involves manufacturing products such as patio tiles, sidewalks, athletic surfacing, roof shingles, and sub-flooring.
Aggregate industry certification
A certification program is being developed to enhance standards of environmental stewardship and encourage community involvement in Ontario’s aggregate industry. The effort comes as a result of six Ontario environmental NGOs and aggregate producers, known as the Aggregate Forum, retaining a management company to develop the program. Standards will be developed for the approval, operation and rehabilitation of aggregate quarries and pits in Ontario and will include biodiversity conservation, water management, progressive and final rehabilitation, community engagement, environmental research and education and awareness. Recycling constitutes an important component of the standards to be developed.