1.0 Introduction

Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) prepared this guidebook to help organizations understand their potential legal obligations as stewards (sometimes referred to as producers) under the provincial packaging and printed paper (PPP) materials recycling regulations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This guidebook was created to provide existing and prospective  stewards of the  four PPP programs supported by CSSA with a single resource which is harmonized among provinces to the greatest extent possible. It provides an outline of stewards’ obligations across all four provincial programs serving as a single resource for packaging and printed paper stewardship obligations in Canada (with the exception of Quebec). This guidebook will be updated as needed and registered stewards will be advised by email of updates to this guidebook.

Your organization may be a steward under applicable provincial regulations if, for example, you are a retailer, restaurant, importer, manufacturer, government entity, college, university, church, distributor or wholesaler that supplies packaging or printed paper to residential consumers. You may also be a steward if your organization is a utility, an insurance company or bank, or other fi services company that supplies, for example, printed statements, pamphlets, or annual reports, or issues paper bills to residential (i.e., non-commercial) consumers in one or more of the provinces. Qualifying as a steward means your organization has a legal obligation under the recycling regulations to participate in a provincially approved plan designed to address the end-of-life management of the packaging and/or printed paper your organization supplies.

Your obligations may include:

  • Participating in provincial stewardship organizations in the provinces where you are deemed to be a steward.
  • Filing reports with stewardship organizations. This will include reporting the types and quantities of packaging and/or printed paper supplied to residential consumers.
  • Paying fees based on the quantities of packaging and/or printed paper reported to the stewardship organization(s) in which you participate.
  • Retaining records related to your steward reports for review and verification.

The National Guidebook is organized in the following way:

Part One – Are you a steward?

Part One introduces Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), describes the common elements of the packaging and printed paper stewardship regulations, and will help you determine whether you are an obligated steward.

Part Two – How to prepare your steward report

Part Two provides information on the type of data stewards should collect and best practices in reporting.

Part Three – National material list

Part Three provides definitions of the materials that stewards must report in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, along with examples and reporting tips. Individual material lists are provided for each program as well as a national material list that incorporates all obligated materials in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.