If you are concerned about the fee you were charged, you should contact the business that charged you the fee to request a more detailed explanation of how the fee was determined.
If you are concerned about a tire handling fee, you can contact the Compliance and Registry Team at email@example.com and our team will review to ensure that the rules for charging tire fees were followed.
No. An environmental fee is not a government tax and cannot be represented as mandatory, a regulatory charge, or a RPRA fee. It is a fee charged at the discretion of a business to recover their costs related to recycling the product.
There is no set environmental fee for any product. The amount of the fee charged is decided by the business and must reflect the actual cost of recycling that product.
The tires regulation has specific rules about how a visible fee is communicated to consumers, and how tire retailers and producers must document and report on their use of visible fees. Refer to the compliance bulletin Charging Tire Fees to Consumers for details.
Consumer protection laws in Ontario require that the purpose of a visible fee cannot be misrepresented. This means that if a business decides to charge an environmental fee on batteries, electronics or tires, the fee:
- must reflect the business’ actual cost of recycling the product; and
- cannot be presented as a government tax, a RPRA fee or something similar.
There are additional rules in the tires regulation about visible fees related to recycling tires. For information about the rules for charging recycling fees on tires, refer to the compliance bulletin Charging Tire Fees to Consumers.
Businesses have the choice to recover the cost of recycling their products by incorporating those costs into the overall cost of their product (as they do with other costs, such as materials, labour, other regulatory compliance costs, etc.) or by charging it as a separate fee to consumers.
Environmental fees on batteries, electronics and tires are not mandatory and are applied at the discretion of the business charging them, including the amount of the fee.
As of July 1, 2020, producers are required to establish and operate a collection system for batteries that meets the accessibility requirements in the regulation. Producers must ensure that all batteries collected are managed regardless of their minimum management requirements.
For producers to meet their obligations, they have the choice of establishing and operating their own collection and management system or working with one or more producer responsibility organizations (PROs) that are registered with the Authority.
Please contact the Compliance Team at 833-600-0530 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other requirements under the Batteries Regulation.
A battery producer qualifies for an exemption if its management requirement is less than 1.25 tonnes of rechargeable batteries or less than 2.5 tonnes of single-use batteries. A producer’s management requirement is calculated as a percentage of the weight of batteries supplied into Ontario in a specific period. This calculation changes each year, and therefore producers should verify whether they qualify for an exemption annually.
For information about how to calculate your management requirement, refer to our FAQ, How are battery producer minimum management requirements determined?
A producer who meets the weight exemption and has five or more full-time employees does not have collection or management requirements but is required to register and report battery supply data to the Authority.
A producer who meets the weight exemption and has less than five full-time employees has no obligation under the Batteries Regulation.
Producers who want to confirm their status as an exempt producer should contact the Compliance Team at email@example.com or 833-600-0530.
Producer supply data is used to calculate their individual minimum management requirements under the Batteries Regulation.
To learn how calculations are formulated, visit the FAQ How are battery producer minimum management requirements determined?
A producer’s individual management requirements are determined by the following formulas found in section 13 of the Regulation:
It is important to note that producer’s must ensure that all batteries collected are managed regardless of their minimum management requirement.