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Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directs Ontario Electronic Stewardship to cease operations by June 30, 2020

Date February 14, 2018 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News

On Feb. 8, 2018 the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change informed the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority and Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) that pursuant to the Waste Diversion Transition Act the diversion program for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is to begin winding up its operations.


In doing so, OES must devise and submit a plan to the Authority by Dec. 31, 2018 that is consistent with a series of principles:

  • transparent communications
  • meaningful consultation
  • support competition
  • prevent conflict of interest
  • demonstrate fairness to stewards
  • protect consumersmaintain and improve program performance

Minister Letter to OES (PDF)

As part of the wind-up plan OES must:

  • describe designated wastes covered by the WEEE program, and how the program will be operated while the plan is being implemented and until the program has ceased operation;
  • propose a timeline according to which key aspect of the plan will be implemented;
  • describe and propose how to deal with assets, liabilities, rights, and obligations of OES in relation to the waste diversion program for WEEE;
  • describe and propose how to deal with program surpluses and liabilities;
  • describe all data and information under OES control, and propose how it transfers them to the Authority;
  • identify procedures to ensure no real, potential, or apparent conflict of interest in respect to the plan's development, contents, or information;
  • outline how OES will deal with any information technology systems that relate to the waste diversion program for WEEE to ensure fair and equitable access to all users as an alternative to disposing these assets for fair market value; and
  • detail OES communications with affected stakeholders and the public during wind-up plan development.

Minister's Addendum to OES (PDF)  

The Authority has been instructed to review quarterly reports submitted by OES within four weeks of the end of each remaining quarter from 2018-2020 regarding revenues and expenditures as part of the wind up plan, as well as the implementation plan.

The Authority will also assess if the plan is consistent with the direction letter, and consult with representatives of municipalities, stewards, and other affected persons with assessing the proposed wind-up plan.

Minister's Letter to the Authority (PDF)

Key Dates

Feb. 5, 2018: Minister outlines policy directive to the Authority
Feb. 8, 2018: Minister instructs OES to begin wind-up plan
Dec. 31, 2018: OES submits wind-up plan to the Authority
June 30, 2019: Implementation of wind-up plan to commence no later than
June 30, 2020: OES ceases operations

Previous Direction on Scrap Tires

As part of the Waste Diversion Transition Act the Government of Ontario has also instructed the wind-up of Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) by Dec. 31, 2018.

OTS submitted its proposed plan to the Authority, which is now conducting public consultations and invites stakeholders to review and provide comment up until March 1, 2018.

RCO's response Tire Regulations under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act





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