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.

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

Starting July 1, 2020,  producers will be responsible under the Batteries Regulation to establish and operate a collection system for their single-use (primary) or rechargeable batteries. PROs who will be working on behalf of producers should visit our Battery Producer webpage to understand their regulatory obligations.

Under the Batteries Regulation, PROs have the following requirements:

Registration

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

To assist producers in identifying the PROs they want to work with to meet their collection and management requirements that begin on July 1, 2020, PROs are encouraged to register with the Authority as soon as possible.

If you are interested in registering as a battery PRO, contact our Compliance and Registry Team at registry@rpra.ca or (647) 496-0530 or toll free at (833) 600-0530.

Reporting

On or before April 30, 2021, the producer, or PRO acting on their behalf, must submit the following information about their collection network:

  • 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 collection system.

Beginning in 2022 (on or before April 30), producers (or PROs on their behalf) must report on their performance for the previous performance period (July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021 is the first performance period), including the weight of batteries recycled, reused and refurbished. There is no audit required for the first performance period (July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021).

Beginning in 2024, producers (or PROs on their behalf), will be required to submit an audit verifying their performance reporting. The first audit of performance is due April 30, 2024 (based on the 2022 and 2023 performance periods).

Performance is audited every three years for the previous three performance periods, meaning the second audit will be due on April 30, 2027 (for the performance years 2024, 2025 and 2026)

The audit must be conducted in accordance with the Registry Procedure – Verification and Audit.