Ontario Government Approves New Regulation for Batteries

Connector February 2020

The Government of Ontario has finalized a new regulation for batteries under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, establishing individual producer responsibility requirements to increase the number of batteries that are reused, refurbished and recycled, diverting these batteries from landfills.

The new regulation makes batteries the second material after tires to be transitioned to Ontario’s new individual producer responsibility regulatory framework. Individual producer responsibility makes producers accountable for their products and packaging once consumers are finished with them; sets mandatory and enforceable targets for resource recovery; and gives producers choices for resource recovery services in a competitive market.

Learn more about the new regulation.

Starting July 1, 2020, RPRA will be responsible for overseeing the new resource recovery system for batteries, that applies to producers of single-use (primary) and rechargeable batteries that are 5 kg or less and sold separately in Ontario (i.e. not embedded in products), as well as battery haulers, processors and refurbishers.

The current program for single-use batteries operated by Stewardship Ontario winds up on June 30, 2020. Stewardship Ontario will continue to operate the program without interruption until that time.

Visit RPRA’s website for detailed information about regulatory requirements, key dates and deadlines and more.

You can also sign up for the upcoming webinar: “Understanding Ontario’s new Batteries Regulation” on March 10 at 1:00pm EST and other upcoming events.

Source: Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority