A producer responsibility organization (PRO) is a business established to contract with producers to provide collection, management, and administrative services to help producers meet their regulatory obligations under the Regulation, including:
- Arranging the establishment or operation of collection and management systems (hauling, recycling, reuse, or refurbishment services)
- Establishing or operating a collection or management system
- Preparing and submitting reports
Under the Blue Box Regulation, PROs can also represent a producer for the purposes of rule creation.
PROs operate in a competitive market and producers can choose the PRO (or PROs) they want to work with. The terms and conditions of each contract with a PRO may vary.
See our FAQ to understand “What is a rule creator?“
Under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, the Authority is required to provide an annual report to the Minister that includes information on aggregate producer performance, and a summary of compliance and enforcement activities. Under section 51 of the Act, the Registrar also is required to post every order issued on the Registry.
No. Producers and PROs working on their behalf must operate the collection systems they have established as required by the Regulation even after their requirements are met. If a consumer is refused permission to drop off materials at a registered collection site, they can contact the Compliance and Registry Team at email@example.com, 647-496-0530 or toll-free at 1-833-600-0530.
To register as a PRO, contact the Compliance and Registry Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 647-496-0530 or toll-free 1-833-600-0530.
Producers will be required to pay a Registry fee as part of the registration process, which supports the Authority’s operations. Registry fees cover the Authority’s costs related to building and operating the electronic Registry, and compliance and enforcement activities.
No. Section 68 subsection (3) of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act states that “a person responsible for establishing and operating a collection system shall ensure that no charge is imposed at the time of the collection.”
Yes. Producers and service providers can enter into contractual agreements with multiple PROs.
No. A PRO cannot report on behalf of service providers.
Yes. PROs are private enterprises and charge for their services to producers.
Each commercial contract a producer enters with a PRO will have its own set of terms and conditions. It is up to the PRO and producer to determine the terms of their contractual agreement, including fees and payment schedule.
RPRA does not set the terms of the contractual arrangements between PROs and producers.
You should use the address where you carry on business. If you carry on business in more than one location in Ontario, use the main address for your business in Ontario. If you do not have an Ontario address, use the address that relates to the activities you carry out in Ontario.