- Recycling: New obligations all retailers need to knowNew recycling obligations for paper and packaging in Canada to impact retailers Several regulatory frameworks will increase costs for … Continued
- BC government releases summary of consultation response regarding Recycling Intentions PaperRCC and our members submitted a thoughtful response to a BC Government intentions paper regarding the expansion of the … Continued
- Alberta launches extended producer responsibility (EPR) consultationsThe Alberta government has launched its consultation process in support of its plans to develop a provincial extended producer … Continued
Stewardship and recycling in retail
Retailers play an important role in environmental stewardship and many RCC members are passionate about ensuring the retail industry has a positive environmental impact. Across Canada, RCC is advocating on a range of sustainability issues including electronics, batteries, printed paper and packaging, appliances, hazardous and special products, and more.
RCC supports members with regulatory compliance and oversees several committees, including the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)/Stewardship Committee and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Committee.
Across Canada, there are over 80 stewardship programs that your company may be obligated under depending on what you supply into the market. If you’re new to retail stewardship or need a refresher on the different programs, organizations, terms and more, RCC has assembled several resources to get you started including our Stewardship and Recycling 101 guide.
Stewardship issues RCC advocates for on behalf of retailers
Provincial extended producer responsibility/Stewardship regulations
Several provincial governments have announced their intention to review their recycling regulations and transition programs to full extended producer responsibility (EPR), which means producers will be physically and financially responsible for recycling programs. Common materials that fall under EPR regimes include tires, electronics, batteries, printed paper and packaging, hazardous and special products, and more.
RCC seeks to:
- Harmonize provincial regulations to ensure consistency and limit unnecessary costs,
- Create regulatory flexibility to support innovation and improved environmental outcomes,
- Ensure regulations remain silent on the visibility of Environmental Handling Fees (EHF), and
- Reduce unnecessary red tape and administrative burden.
To stay informed, members can request to join the EPR/Stewardship Committee.
Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) and chemicals management
RCC remains engaged in ensuring efficiency and red tape reduction for retailers with regards to chemicals management and issues related to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), including refrigerants, microbeads, triclosan, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and more.
To stay informed, members can request to join the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Committee.
Tools and resources
Stewardship and recycling 101
If you’re new to stewardship files or need a refresher on the different programs, organizations, terms and more. Also gain an understanding of the guiding principles that inform RCC’s advocacy work for sustainability.
Stewardship map and database
The exclusive guide for retailers on what you need to know about stewardship program compliance in Canada.
Considerations when selecting a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO)
A PRO is an organization retained by a producer to establish and/or operate a collection or management system for a regulated material or group of materials (e.g. batteries, tires, etc.)
Trends in packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) – A Retailer’s Perspective
To help retailers better understand the evolving packaging and printed paper EPR landscape and explore learnings from well-established programs around the globe, RCC and UL have come together to prepare the white paper, Trends in Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) – A Retailer’s Perspective.
UL & RCC Webinar: Business Impacts of Packaging EPR in Canada
As a follow-up to the white paper, RCC and UL co-hosted a webinar in 2021 to share government/stakeholder perspectives and learnings from retailers on packaging EPR in Canada.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)/Stewardship Committee
The EPR/Stewardship Committee is actively engaged in advocacy efforts around extended producer responsibility and supports members with program compliance for the various recycling and stewardship programs across Canada. The committee reviews proposed regulatory changes to ensure industry’s needs and concerns are front-and-centre while supporting RCC volunteers and staff who sit on stakeholder and advisory/consultative bodies. Beyond this, the committee guides RCC staff in the development and presentation of RCC positions to provincial and federal governments. (Meets bi-weekly)
Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Committee
The CEPA Committee actively monitors and advocates for efficiency and red tape reduction for retailers across Canada with regards to chemicals management and other CEPA-related files, including refrigerants, microbeads, triclosan, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and more. Committee members advise and support RCC volunteers and staff who sit on stakeholder and advisory/consultative bodies and guide RCC staff in the development and presentation of RCC positions to government. (Meets bi-monthly)
Stewardship regulatory information by region
- Overview of Ontario’s blue box regulation
- How to comply with the Ontario batteries recycling regulation
- Background on the consultation process for the Ontario Blue Box
- Background on the consultation process for the Ontario EEE Regulation
- How to comply with the Ontario EEE regulation
- Ontario EEE – Services offered by producer responsibility organizations (PROs)
- Ontario EEE – List of brand holders and their residency
- Overview of draft Ontario Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulation
Contact Philippe Cantin, Senior Director, Sustainability, Innovation and Circular Economy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-316-8771 for questions or more information about:
- Federal environment and chemicals management issues
- Strategic considerations and partnerships
- Joining CEPA Committee
Contact Kelsey Morden, Manager, Sustainability Programs at email@example.com for questions or more information about:
- Joining EPR/Stewardship and Plastics Committees
- Support on sustainability compliance