In the last CHHMA E-News Brief, we provided an update on the Ontario Government’s plans to transition the management of the province’s Blue Box Recycling Program to producers of packaging and printed paper.  In this article, we provide an update on the recycling program of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) which covers information technology, telecommunications, audio-visual (ITT/AV) and lighting equipment.  

As mentioned previously, the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) “The Authority” was created in November 2016 by the Government of Ontario to support the transition to a circular economy and a waste-free Ontario.  They receive the authority from the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA). 

Under the WDTA, RPRA oversees three waste diversion programs- Blue Box, Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – and their eventual wind up.

Ontario is now in the process of transitioning the existing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program operated by the industry funding organization Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) to the producer responsibility framework. The current WEEE program which collects and manages information technology, telecommunications and audio visual (ITT/AV) products will cease operation on December 31, 2020. For information about the program’s transition plan, visit the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority’s website https://rpra.ca/programs/electronics/.  

OES submitted their plan to wind up the WEEE program and OES itself to the Authority in December 2018. Between March and April 2019, the Authority consulted on the plan with municipalities, stewards and other affected stakeholders. Visit the consultation page to learn more about the consultation process and to read the final consultation report.

The Authority approved OES’s Wind-Up Plan in August 2019, with conditions. Learn more:

Meanwhile, after considering feedback received from stakeholders on a new proposed Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Regulation under the RRCEA, 2016, the regulation (O. Reg. 522/20) was filed on September 21, 2020. 

For more info about the decision and to view the EEE Regulation, please visit the Environmental Registry (https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0048).  

The EEE Regulation will give producers more control on how they manage their products at end-of-life leading to improved environmental outcomes. 

A RPDA webinar was held earlier today (Thursday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) on “Understanding Ontario’s New Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulation.”  Often video recordings are made available afterwards if you were interested in participating and did not attend. 

However, if you have any questions about the EEE Regulation, please contact Krista Friesen, Senior Policy Advisor, Resource Recovery Policy Branch at krista.friesen@ontario.ca or 437-995-1380. 

Producers of information technology, telecommunications and audio visual (ITT/AV) equipment are required to register by November 30, 2020 and their collection and management obligations will begin on January 1, 2021. Producers, or producer responsibility organizations (PROs) on their behalf, are to report annually on performance to the Authority starting April 30, 2022 for ITT/AV.

EEE haulers, processors and refurbishers are also required to register with the Authority on or before November 30, 2020.

ITT/AV is equipment that has a primary purpose of collecting, storing, processing, presenting or communicating information, including sounds and images, recording or reproducing sounds and images. ITT/AV includes equipment supplied into any sector (e.g., residential, business, hospital, institutional, commercial, industrial, etc.) and includes any batteries supplied with the ITT/AV (i.e., in packaging or in product). ITT/AV examples include:

  • Computers
  • Printers (desktop and floor-standing)
  • Printer cartridges
  • Video gaming devices
  • Telephones, including cellular phones
  • Display devices
  • Radios and stereos, including after-market vehicle stereos
  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Cameras, including security cameras
  • Video recorders
  • Drones with audio or visual recording equipment
  • Peripherals and cables used to support the function of information technology, telecommunications and audio visual equipment, including charging equipment
  • Parts of information technology, telecommunications and audio visual equipment sold separately, such as hard drives
  • Handheld point-of-sale terminals or devices
  • Musical instruments
  • Audio recording equipment

The EEE Regulation does not apply to:

  • ITT/AV equipment weighing more than 250 kg
  • Small and large appliances
  • Power tools
  • Motor vehicles
  • Children’s toys
  • Textiles, clothing, furniture or any other upholstered or stuffed articles containing EEE

OES did not operate a program for lighting and the responsibilities for lighting do not come into effect until January 1, 2023 with producers and services providers of lighting registering with the Authority by November 30, 2022. More information will be made available on lighting in the future.

 

 

 

 

Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, The Resource