The Authority consulted on Ontario Electronic Stewardship’s (OES) Wind-Up Plan for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program from March-April 2019. The Authority accepted feedback on the plan until Thursday, April 25. A consultation report will be published shortly.

Consultation sessions

The Authority held several sessions to present key elements of the plan for feedback and to answer questions. The sessions were open to all WEEE Program participants, municipalities, the public and other interested stakeholders. The consultation materials can be found below.

LocationDate and TimeMaterials
WebinarThursday, March 21
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Presentation
Recording
LondonFriday, March 22
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Presentation
Ottawa (Kanata)Wednesday, April 3
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Presentation
North BayThursday, April 4
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Presentation
TorontoTuesday, April 9
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Plenary presentation
Steward/Remitter breakout
Processor breakout
Collector/Generator/Municipality breakout
WebinarWednesday, April 10
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Presentation
Recording

Background

In February 2018, the then Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directed OES to wind up the WEEE Program on June 30, 2020.

After wind up, electrical and electronic equipment will be managed under a new, mandatory individual producer responsibility (IPR) framework. This means that producers of electrical and electronic equipment will be responsible for ensuring their products and packaging are collected and reused or recycled at end-of-life. The Authority is mandated by the Government of Ontario to oversee the wind up of Ontario’s current waste diversion programs and enforce IPR requirements.

The Minister directed OES to submit a wind-up plan to the Authority by December 31, 2018. OES submitted its plan on time for the Authority’s approval. As part of its approval process, the Minister directed the Authority to consult on the proposed plan.

Use of surplus funds

On April 2, 2019, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks requested that the Authority conduct additional consultation on OES’s Wind-Up Plan. The additional consultation sought feedback on options to ensure that OES’s surplus funds be used for the benefit of Ontario consumers; for example, through a consumer rebate program. Read the Minister’s Direction.