Battery PROs

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A 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 Batteries Regulation, including:

  • Arranging the establishment or operation of battery collection and management systems (hauling, recycling, reuse or refurbishment services).
  • Establishing or operating a collection or management system
  • Preparing and submitting reports

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.

Signing up with a PRO

The following PROs are registered with the Authority. Click the PRO’s name for their contact information.

 

What is a PRO obligated to do under the Batteries Regulation?

As of July 1, 2020,  producers are responsible under the Batteries Regulation to establish and operate a collection system for their single-use (primary) or rechargeable batteries.

Click the headings below to learn more about your obligations.

A PRO must register with the Authority within 30 days of being retained by a producer.

If you are interested in registering as a battery PRO, contact our Compliance and Registry Team at registry@rpra.ca or 1-833-600-0530.

Beginning in 2022, you will need to submit an annual performance report with the following information:

  • weight of single-use and rechargeable batteries collected
  • weight of refurbished single-use and rechargeable batteries
  • weight of recovered materials from processing the collected single-use and rechargeable batteries

Deadline: Batteries performance reporting is due April 30 of each year.

Collection and Management System Reporting

PROs acting on behalf of a producer are required to establish and operate a collection and management system and report the following information to RPRA within 30 days of being retained by a producer:

  • the location of every collection site in their system
  • a description of their collection services
  • every hauler, processor or refurbisher that is part of their management system

As of January 1, 2023, PROs can rely on battery processors listed on RPRA’s website to meet their producer clients’ management requirements that start in 2023. The list will be updated as required. View the list of battery processors here.

If you are a battery processor and are not listed, contact the Compliance and Registry Team at regisry@rpra.ca or 1-833-600-0530.

Annual Performance Reporting

Producers are required to make best efforts to ensure that at least 40% of batteries they supplied are processed, refurbished or reused. As a PRO, you will have to report every year on the extent to which you were able to achieve that target on behalf of your producer clients. To learn more about producer management requirements, read the following Compliance Bulletin: Battery Performance Requirements for the Performance Period July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

Beginning in 2022, you will need to report the following information for each of your producer clients:

  • Total weight of single-use and rechargeable batteries collected
  • Total weight of single-use and rechargeable batteries that were refurbished
  • Weight of materials recovered from processing the collected single-use and rechargeable batteries (e.g., metals, chemicals, etc.)

Beginning in 2024, producers or PROs reporting on their behalf, will be required to submit an audit verifying their performance reporting. The first audit, due in 2024, will be verifying performance for 2022 and 2023. Performance is audited every three years for the previous three performance periods, meaning the second audit will be due in 2027 (for the performance years 2024, 2025 and 2026). The audit must be conducted in accordance with the Registry Procedure – Verification and Audit. There is no audit required for the first performance period of July 1, 2020, to December 31, 2021.

Deadline: Battery performance reporting is due April 30 of each year.

Note: as a PRO, you cannot report new ITT/AV supply data on behalf of your producers – they will have to log into their Registry account once a year to provide this information and pay the required Registry fee.

We are here to help you understand your requirements

If you have questions relating to the Batteries Regulation, contact our Compliance and Registry Team at registry@rpra.ca or 1-833-600-0530 for support.