1.9.2 Exclusions

The following packaging materials are excluded from packaging and paper stewardship programs and should not be included in your report:

  1. Transportation and distribution packaging that is not intended primarily for use or management in the home. For example, plastic pallet wrap, or corrugate containers for delivery of product to the retailer but not intended for taking home with the consumer.
  2. Industrial or bulk packaging that is not intended for sale or use by consumers in the home.
  3. Other items that are not generally considered to be packaging such as accessories to the product that do not serve a packaging function (e.g., plastic cutlery, straws, paper serviettes or plant pots*); packaging components sold as product (empty) to the end consumer (e.g., garbage bags, organic waste bags, food storage bags, food storage containers); and items that constitute an integral part of the product (e.g., toner cartridges, single use cameras).
  4. Packaging that performs an integral role in the long term use or storage of the product, has a useful life of at least five years and is intended to facilitate storage or transport or prevent the loss of product components for durable products. This type of packaging remains with the product throughout its useful life and may include CD/DVD cases, power tool cases, vinyl record covers and boxboard used to contain, store and transport pieces of a board game or puzzle.
  5. Packaging for product categories covered by separate regulation. When a container or package is covered under a separate regulation it should not be reported as part of your annual steward report. Because the regulations covering other container categories vary from province to province, the tables below have been created to outline other regulated programs and some information on the containers which are covered by separate regulation and should be excluded from your PPP reports.

*Plant pots that are intended to remain with a plant throughout its entire life cycle (i.e. the plant is not temporarily packaged in a pot/holder until it can be re-potted or planted) are not considered obligated packaging.

Packaging for product categories covered by separate regulation

Container BC SK MB ON
Non-Alcoholic Beverage Containers Do not report ready-toserve drinks that are on deposit. (see Encorp Pacific link below for more detail on beverages included in the BC beverage deposit program).

The following beverages are NOT on deposit and should be Included in your report:

Milk and flavoured milk (where milk appears as one of the first three ingredients on the ingredient list)

Milk substitutes such as rice milk, soya milk or any other milk replacements that have grains, nuts or vegetables

Infant formulas

Meal replacements

Dietary supplements

BC Recycling Regulation
449/2004 – Schedule
1 Beverage Container
Product Category

Coordinating Organization:
Encorp Pacific

Do not report ready-to-serve non-alcoholic beverage containers that are on deposit. (Please see SARCAN link below for more detail on beverages included in the SK beverage deposit program).

Please Note: Most ready-to-drink beverages (exceptions below) are on deposit in Saskatchewan including:

-all ready drink beverages;

-non-dairy milk replacement beverages such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.

-milk, flavoured milk, buttermilk, cream, fluid coffee cream, lactose-free milk, drinkable yogurts.

Do not report these beverage containers to MMSW.

The following beverages are NOT on deposit and should be included in your steward report:

– infant formula

– ready-to-drink nutritional supplements and meal replacement beverages

– any ready-to-drink, non-alcoholic beverages in multilaminated foil pouches

Environmental Management and Protection Act – Division 1 Beverage Container Program

Coordinating Organization(s):
SARCAN

CBCRA members report all non-alcoholic beverage containers in the CBCRA portion of the WeRecycle portal.

Non-CBCRA members report non-alcoholic beverage containers to MMSM.

For questions on how to report non-alcoholic beverage containers in the CBCRA portion of the WeRecycle Portal, please contact CBCRA at 1-855-644-7400 or by email at customerservice@cbcra-acrcb.org.

Report all non-alcoholic beverage containers
Reporting Tips  

  • Secondary packaging such as film plastic wrap, corrugated cardboard or boxboard associated with these containers should be reported to the applicable PPP program as only the containers, closures and labels are part of the deposit program.
  • Any caps, rings and labels from beverage containers not on deposit should be reported under the appropriate non-beverage categories when not using the Component Threshold Rule.
  • In SK, containers from milk, flavoured milk, cream, buttermilk, fluid coffee cream, lactose-free milk products, drinkable yogurts, non-dairy milk replacement beverages (such as rice milk, soya milk, almond milk) are on deposit and should not be reported to MMSW.
  • The deposit programs in BC and SK do not cover containers from beverage concentrates that require the consumer to mix with water prior to consumption. These containers should be reported to the applicable PPP program in each province

The following is an outline of how to report the secondary packaging associated with beer and cider containers since this material is treated differently in different provinces.

BC SK MB ON
BDL* Members Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is not obligated to Recycle BC. BDL members should not report this material to Recycle BC. Secondary Packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for all stewards of beer and cider containers and should be reported to MMSW. Secondary packaging associated with alcohol beverages for which a refundable deposit is payable when the goods are supplied at retail should not be reported to MMSM. Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is not obligated under the PPP program and BDL members should not report this material.
Non-BDL Members Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for non-BDL members and must be reported to Recycle BC. Secondary Packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for all stewards of beer and cider containers. Secondary packaging associated with alcohol beverages for which a refundable deposit is payable when the goods are supplied at retail should not be reported to MMSM. Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for non- BDL members and must be reported to Stewardship Ontario.

*Brewers Distributor Limited

Container BC SK MB ON
Beverage Alcohol  Containers Do not report beverage alcohol containers

BC Recycling Regulation 449/2004 – Schedule 1 Beverage Container Product Category

Coordinating Organization(s):
Encorp Pacific

Brewers Distributor Ltd (BDL)

Do not report beverage alcohol containers

Environmental Management and Protection Act – Division 1 Beverage Container Program

Coordinating Organization(s):
Sarcan

Report all beverage alcohol containers Do not report beverage alcohol containers

Coordinating Organization(s):
ODRP

The Beer Store

Reporting Tips Report the secondary packaging for wine and spirits such as film plastic wrap, corrugated cardboard or boxboard associated with these containers to the applicable PPP program if secondary packaging is not part of the deposit program. Service packaging supplied to consumers at the point of sale for all beverage alcohol containers is also obligated.

For beverage alcohol containers that are not on deposit, report caps, rings and labels from beverage containers under the appropriate non-beverage material categories when not using the Component Threshold Rule.

Brewer’s Distributor Limited (BDL) Members Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is not obligated to Recycle BC. BDL members should not report this material to Recycle BC. Secondary Packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for all stewards of beer and cider containers and should be reported to MMSW. Secondary packaging associated with alcohol beverages for which a refundable deposit is payable when the goods are supplied at retail should not be reported to MMSM. Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is not obligated under the PPP program and BDL members should not report this material.
Non-BDL Members Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for non-BDL members and must be reported to Recycle BC. Secondary Packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for all stewards of beer and cider containers. Secondary packaging associated with alcohol beverages for which a refundable deposit is payable when the goods are supplied at retail should not be reported to MMSM. Secondary packaging for beer and cider containers is obligated for non- BDL members and must be reported to Stewardship Ontario.
Paint and Coatings Containers Do not report containers from paint and coatings defined as:

  1. latex, oil and solvent-based architectural coatings, including paints and stains for commercial and household use, whether tinted or untinted, and including empty containers; and
  2. paints and stains, whether coloured or clear, sold in aerosol containers, including empty aerosol containers, but not including unpressurized coatings formulated for industrial, automotive or marine anti-fouling applications.BC Recycling Regulation 449/2004 – Schedule 2 –Residual Product Categories – Paint Product CategoryCoordinating Organization(s):
    Product Care
Do not report containers from paint and coatings defined as:

  1. any latex, oil or solvent-based coating;
  2. any stain, varnish, lacquer or other wood or masonry treatment product; and c) any type of paint sold in a pressurized aerosol container; but does not include:
    • paint manufactured for automotive or marine use;
    • non-latex concrete sealant; or
    • bottled paint for hobby, artistic or cosmetic use;
    • “waste paint” means paint that the consumer no longer wants, and includes the original container in which the paint was purchased.

The Waste Paint Management Regulations

Coordinating Organization(s):
Product Care

Do not report containers from paint and coatings defined as:

  1. Latex, oil and solvent based architectural coatings, whether tinted or untinted, including paints and stains for commercial and homeowner use, but not including unpressurized coatings supplied in containers with a capacity of more than 30 L;
  2. Paints and stains sold in pressurized aerosol containers.

Waste Prevention and Protection Act, Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation

Coordinating Organization(s):
Product Care

Report all containers from paint and coatings products. Stewards are required to report all packaging associated with paint.
Reporting Tips  

  • Only containers from paint and coatings not covered by the Paint Program in BC, MB, and SK are to be reported to the PPP program. Examples include:
    • Automotive paint in BC, SK, and MB
    • Marine (anti-fouling) paint in BC, SK and MB
    • Arts and crafts paint in BC, SK and MB
  • In Ontario, all containers for any paint and coating should be reported to Stewardship Ontario.
Fertilizer Containers Report all containers from fertilizer products Report all containers from fertilizer products Report all containers from fertilizer products Report all containers from fertilizer products
Reporting Tips
  • In BC, SK and MB there are no stewardship programs for fertilizers and therefore all fertilizer containers are to be reported to the applicable PPP program
  • In Ontario, both containers from fertilizer materials obligated under the MHSW Program and those that are not obligated under the MHSW Program are to be reported to the PPP program.
Lubricating Oil Containers Do not report containers from lubricating oil defined as:

The lubricating oil product category includes all

  1. petroleum-derived or synthetic;
    1. crankcase, engine and gear oils; and
    2. hydraulic, transmission and heat transfer fluids; and
  2. fluids used for lubricating purposes in machinery or equipment.

Empty oil container product category

The empty oil container product category consists of empty containers with a capacity of 30 litres or less, manufactured and used for any product in the lubricating oil product category.

BC Recycling Regulation 449/2004 – Schedule 2 – Residual Product Categories – Lubricating Oil Product Category

Coordinating Organization(s):
BCUOMA

Do not report containers from lubricating oil defined as:

“oil” means any petroleum or synthetic oil that is recoverable for other uses and that is used for the purposes of insulation, lubrication, hydraulics or heat transfer and includes vegetable oil used for lubricating purposes.

Used Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Collection Regulations

Coordinating Organization(s):
SARRC

Do not report containers from lubricating oil defined as:

“oil” means any petroleum or synthetic crankcase oil, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, heat transfer fluid, or other fluid capable of use for lubricating purposes in machinery or equipment.

Used Oil, Oil Filters and Containers Stewardship Regulation 86/97

Coordinating Organization(s):
MARRC

Do not report containers from lubricating oil defined as:

“lubricating oil” which means petroleumderived or synthetic crankcase oil, engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, heat transfer fluid, or other oil or fluid used for lubricating machinery or equipment.

2015 MHSW Rules for Stewards

Coordinating Organization(s):
Stewardship Ontario

Automotive Materials Stewardship

Reporting Tips
  • Report all oil containers that do not meet the definition of oil containers in the oil container programs above to the applicable PPP program
Engine Antifreeze Containers Do not report antifreeze product category which consists of automotive antifreeze and includes empty containers for this antifreeze.

BC Recycling Regulation 449/2004 – Schedule 2 –Residual Product Categories –Antifreeze Product Category

Coordinating Organization(s):
BCUOMA

Do not report containers from engine antifreeze defined as: “antifreeze” meaning ethylene or propylene glycol used as an engine coolant but does not include antifreeze used for plumbing, windshield washers, lock de-icing, fuel line or aircraft de-icing; “container” means a container with a capacity of 50 litres or less that is manufactured for the purpose of holding oil, diesel exhaust fluid or antifreeze.

Used Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Collection Regulations

Coordinating Organization(s):
SARRC

Do not report containers from engine antifreeze defined as automotive antifreeze.

Waste Prevention and Protection Act, Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation

Coordinating Organization(s):
MARRC

Report all containers from engine antifreeze products.

2015 MHSW Rules for Stewards

Coordinating Organization(s):
Stewardship Ontario

Automotive Materials Stewardship

Reporting Tips
  • In Ontario, both containers from engine antifreeze obligated under the MHSW Program and those that are not obligated under the MHSW Program are to be reported to the PPP program
Diesel Exhaust Fluid Containers Report all containers from diesel exhaust fluid products. Do not report containers from Diesel Exhaust Fluid defined as: “diesel exhaust fluid” means an aqueous urea solution consisting of urea and de-ionized water the purpose of which is to lower diesel engine exhaust emissions -“container” means a container with a capacity of 50 litres or less that is manufactured for the purpose of holding oil, diesel exhaust fluid or antifreeze

Used Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Collection Regulations

Coordinating Organization(s):
SARRC

Report all containers from diesel exhaust fluid products. Report all containers from diesel exhaust fluid products.
Reporting Tips
  • Report diesel exhaust fluid container packaging to Recycle BC, MMSM and SO
  • Do not report diesel exhaust fluid container packaging to MMSW