Battery haulers, refurbishers and processors are often referred to as service providers.

  • A battery hauler is a person that arranges the transport of batteries used in Ontario that are destined for processing, reuse, refurbishing or disposal.
  • A battery refurbisher is a person that prepares or refurbishes used batteries for reuse for the purposes of resource recovery.
  • A battery processor is a person that processes batteries used in Ontario for the purposes of resource recovery.

Under the Batteries Regulation, collection sites are not required to register or report.

What do service providers have to do under the Batteries Regulation?

As of July 1, 2020, battery haulers, refurbishers and processors will work with producers (or producer responsibility organizations operating on their behalf), who are required to establish and operate a collection system for single-use (primary) and rechargeable batteries. More information on collection system requirements will be provided through a Compliance Bulletin, which will be posted here when available.

Battery haulers, refurbishers and processors must register with the Authority by March 31, 2020. However, any battery processor that processed less than 300 tonnes of batteries (for the purpose of fulfilling producer responsibilities) in the previous calendar year is exempt from registration.

Beginning in 2022, service providers are also required to report annually to the Authority.

How to register with the Authority

If you are a battery hauler, refurbisher or processor under the Batteries Regulation, contact the Authority to register at registry@rpra.ca or (647) 496-0530 or toll free at (833) 600-0530.

The deadline to register is March 31, 2020.

Service providers will be asked to provide the following information during registration:

  • Name and contact information
  • Battery categories they manage
  • Locations of their processing or refurbishing sites

RPRA’s Compliance and Registry Officers will also be contacting potential haulers, refurbishers and processors to assist them in the registration process.

Do service providers have management requirements?

Under the Batteries Regulation, it is the producer, not service provider, who has to meet management requirements. Managed means reused, refurbished, or processed (i.e. recovered resource).

The following management requirements are relevant for service providers to know:

  • Producers must ensure that every battery picked up from a collection site is managed within three months of the pickup date by a battery hauler.
  • The batteries must be managed by refurbishers and processors registered with the Authority or meet the registration exemption (e.g. processed less than 300 tonnes of batteries in the previous calendar year).
  • Beginning in 2023, producers may only use battery processors, (including a battery processor that may not be required to register and report) must have an average RER, calculated and verified in accordance with the Registry Procedure – Verification and Audit, of at least:
    • 80%, for single-use batteries weighing 5 kg or less
    • 70%, for rechargeable batteries weighing 5 kg or less

Learn more about producers’ management requirements

When do service providers start reporting and what do they need to report?

Beginning in 2022, service providers (except for those exempt from registration) are required to submit an annual report to the Authority by April 30. The first report will cover the first performance period of July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Subsequent performance periods are based on calendar years.

More information on reporting requirements will be provided in a Compliance Bulletin and will be sent to service providers in advance of reporting.

Information for Stewardship Ontario Battery Transporters and Processors

On June 30, 2020, Stewardship Ontario will cease to operate its program for managing single-use batteries as part of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (“Orange Drop”) Program. Stewardship Ontario will continue to operate the current program without interruption until that time. Visit Stewardship Ontario’s website for information about your requirements related to the wind-up of the program. Learn more.