The Authority has posted the final 2021 Registry fees for Blue Box materials and Hazardous and Special Products (HSP).
These are fees that producers obligated under the Blue Box Regulation and HSP Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) are required to pay to the Authority in 2021 to recover its operational costs, including costs related to building and operating the Registry, and compliance and enforcement activities. This is the first year that Blue Box and HSP producers are required to pay Registry fees to the Authority.
The Authority consulted on its proposed fees from June 18 to August 3, 2021. The Authority considered all feedback received during the consultation as it finalized the fees. Visit our consultation webpage to learn more about the consultation process and read the consultation report.
The final fees for Blue Box did not change from what was proposed in the consultation. However, the threshold for flat fee eligibility within the Blue Box fee structure was lowered from 100,000 kg to 50,000 kg to close the gap between the flat $75 fee and the variable per kilogram fee assigned to producers whose supply is close to but exceeds the threshold.
The final fees for HSP Categories A and B (non-refillable pressurized containers, oil filters; antifreeze, oil containers, paints and coatings, pesticides, solvents, refillable pressurized containers excluding propane) also did not change from what was proposed during consultation.
The fees for HSP Categories C (mercury-containing barometers, thermometers, thermostats), E (refillable propane containers) and D (fertilizers) did change to reflect stakeholder feedback and new information received during the consultation period about the estimated number of producers:
- The flat fee for Category D producers decreased from $4,000 to $1,000
- The flat fee for Category E producers decreased from $7,500 to $1,000
- A $75 flat fee has been assigned to Category C, D and E producers with an annual revenue of less than $2 M
The Authority will further consider the feedback received during the consultation when it reviews its cost allocation and fee setting methodology in Q3/Q4 2021, in advance of setting 2022 fees. Feedback from past fee consultations, as well as cost allocation and fee-setting models adopted by different jurisdictions and regulators, will also be considered during the review.