The Recycling Council of Ontario’s “Phase 2” producer responsibility regulations: An Update

The Recycling Council of Ontario’s “Phase 2” producer responsibility regulations for managing four hazardous wastes, including rechargeable batteries, were never fully implemented. Instead, rechargeable batteries are being collected through Call2Recycle’s nearly 1,700 collection sites throughout Ontario, as well as at various municipal collection depots funded by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

Funding through the Ministry for these activities was due to sunset in 2015. This has now changed, and funding for these programs, including rechargeable batteries, will cease at the end of September 2014.

In a recent letter dated, July 17th, 2014, the Minister of Ontario’s Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is seeking stakeholder involvement to develop a voluntary approach to producer responsibility for managing these items. Representatives from Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. were invited to and participated in a stakeholders meeting on July 30th, 2014.

On behalf of nearly 250 Industry Stewards, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is best positioned to operate and manage a rechargeable battery stewardship and recycling program within the province of Ontario. We do not believe it is in the best interest of Ontario citizens, the environment or industry stewards, for Call2Recycle to simply fund a program operated by a separate entity with no input as to how it operates.

We will continue to post update as they become available.

Call2Recycle® is a product stewardship program providing no-cost battery and cellphone recycling solutions across the U.S. and Canada. Operated by Call2Recycle, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit public service organization, the program is funded by battery and product manufacturers committed to responsible recycling.