The Government of Ontario is consulting on proposed regulations for specified waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and used batteries under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.
The new regulations will affect participants of the current Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES).
The Ontario government has directed OES to wind up its operations to support the transition of the current waste diversion program for electronics to a new system that makes producers environmentally accountable and financially responsible for their products at end-of-life.
The proposed regulations would require:
- producers to establish free collection networks for consumers
- producers to achieve resource recovery (i.e. reduction, reuse and recycling) targets
- producers to provide promotion and education materials to increase consumer awareness
- producers and service providers to register, report and keep records and meet other requirements
The regulations would also encourage producers to reduce waste associated with the regulated products they supply into the Ontario market.
Review the draft regulations and register for a consultation webinar.
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority will be the regulator mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce the requirements of the new WEEE and used batteries regulations once they take effect.
Ontario Electronic Stewardship will continue to operate the current program without disruption until the proposed regulations take effect.