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OES proposes changes to WEEE collection in Ontario

The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) has released its "Review of WEEE Material Flow Arrangements Discussio...

The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) has released its “Review of WEEE Material Flow Arrangements Discussion Document”.

The document proposes alternatives to the current system whereby Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) collected in Ontario is consolidated by OES and allocated to WEEE processors through a quota system.

One option OES is proposing (Option 3) eliminates the OES controlled consolidation and quota system, allowing WEEE processors to competitively service Approved Collectors and Registered Generators in order to create incentives that will encourage Approved Primary Processors to source more WEEE.

The revision to the allocation process is largely in response to the poor WEEE diversion performance of the OES program.

In early 2010, Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) served OES with a notice of breach of agreement for failing to comply with the WEEE Diversion program (i.e. diversion targets) as approved by Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen.

OES itself recognizes that its program is not meeting its diversion targets noting in its December 2009 discussion paper regarding stewards’ fees that, “OES Phase 1 WEEE collection tonnage is tracking substantially lower than projected in the Revised WEEE Program Plan. This is largely due to the fact that OES is actively competing for WEEE with a group of companies that have chosen not to participate in the OES program. As a result, non participating collection organizations are handling some of the volumes that OES had anticipated would flow through the OES system.”

The OES process for revising its allocation system is:

1. A webcast consultation meeting on the WEEE material flow arrangement options described in the document. The webcast will be held on April 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. Registration is available here.

2. Following the webcast, OES will post an online survey for comments and feedback and will notify stakeholders that the survey is available.

3. Following review of the survey responses and comments, OES will host a second webinar/webcast to present a summary of the stakeholder comments and to propose its recommended approach

4. A final report that includes recommendations presented to the OES and WDO Boards for approval and implementation.

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