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Ontario is transitioning the existing waste diversion programs for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries through a two-step approach:

  1. Winding down the existing programs which operate under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016; and, 
  1. Developing regulations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) to make producers of specified electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and batteries environmentally accountable and financially responsible for their products at end-of-life.

Earlier this month, the draft RRCEA regulations for EEE and batteries were posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) for a 45-day consultation period (May 9 – June 23, 2019). The proposed RRCEA regulations outline a number of requirements, including:

  • Establishing collection networks
  • Achieving management requirements
  • Educating consumers
  • Registering with and reporting to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority
  • Other requirements, including record keeping and third-party audits

For details about the draft regulations for EEE and batteries, visit the ERO website.

In addition, the ministry will be holding a webinar session on May 28 (from 1:00pm-3:00pm) to consult on the proposed regulations. Please confirm your participation by contacting Tammy Nguyen, Policy Co-op, or 416-327-6380.  They will provide further meeting details for those who confirm their participation.

If you have any questions about the proposed EEE and battery regulations, please contact Krista Friesen, Senior Policy Advisor, Resource Recovery Policy Branch at 416-314-4138.