Battery Haulers, Refurbishers, Processors

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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 are my obligations under the Batteries Regulation?

Click the headings below to learn more about your obligations as a service provider.

If you are a battery hauler, refurbisher or processor under the Batteries Regulation, you must create an account in the Authority’s Batteries Registry.

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Have questions about registration? View the following resources:

Haulers are required to complete an annual performance report to provide information about their recovery and management activities in the previous calendar year. Haulers must report single-use and rechargeable batteries separately.

Haulers will need to log into their Registry account annually and report the following information:

  • Total weight of batteries in kg picked up
    • Single-use batteries picked up inside and outside of Ontario
    • Rechargeable batteries picked up inside and outside of Ontario
  • Total weight of batteries dropped off
    • Single-use batteries sent for processing and refurbishing
    • Rechargeable batteries sent for processing and refurbishing

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

Refurbishers are required to complete an annual performance report to provide information about their recovery and management activities in the previous calendar year. Refurbishers must report single-use and rechargeable batteries separately.

Refurbishers will need to log into their Registry account annually and report the following information:

  • Weight of single-use and rechargeable batteries received by each hauler
  • Weight of single-use and rechargeable batteries that were refurbished
  • Weight of single-use and rechargeable batteries sent for processing

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

Annual Performance Reporting

Processors are required to complete an annual performance report to provide information about their recovery and management activities in the previous calendar year.

  • Processors will need to log into their Registry account annually and report the following information with respect to each applicable category of batteries (i.e., single-use and rechargeable) Weight of batteries received from each hauler
  • Identify the processing method used (e.g. shredding, smelting, etc.)
  • Weight of processed materials data
  • Weight of batteries received but not processed
    • Batteries sent for reuse
    • Batteries sent to a different processor
  • Weight of processed material outputs
    • Weight of processed materials that were sent to a different processor for further processing based on material type (e.g. paper, plastic, metal, etc.)
    • Weight of processed materials that were used to make products and packaging
    • Weight of processed materials that were sent to a downstream processor to make products or packaging
    • Weight of processed materials that were made to enrich soil
    • Weight of processed materials that were made into aggregate
  • Processed material disposed
    • Weight of materials that were land disposed
    • Weight of materials that were incinerated (excludes material used as fuel or fuel supplement)
    • Weight of material used as fuel or fuel supplement
    • Weight of materials stored, stockpiled, or otherwise deposited on land
  • Details about products and packaging made from materials
    • Details of products and packaging you created out of processed materials
    • Details of products made from materials you sent to a downstream processor
  • The recycling efficiency rate (RER) for single-use and rechargeable batteries

At the time of reporting, processors are required to submit an RER verification report and can reference the Batteries Verification and Audit Registry Procedure to calculate RER. RPRA will be developing a more detailed verification procedure in 2023 through a public consultation.

Recycling Efficiency Rate (RER) Reporting

Processors are required to submit an RER verification report in accordance with the Batteries Verification and Audit Registry Procedure. The first time that processors submitted an RER verification report was in 2022 for their 2021 RER.

As of January 1, 2023, producers, or PROs on their behalf, can rely on battery processors listed on RPRA’s website to meet their 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.

Deadline: Battery performance reporting and the RER Verification Report are due by April 30 of each year.

Information for Stewardship Ontario Battery Transporters and Processors

On June 30, 2020, Stewardship Ontario ended its program for managing single-use batteries as part of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (“Orange Drop”) Program. Visit Stewardship Ontario’s website for information related to the wind up of the single-use battery program: StewardshipOntario.ca/MHSW-WindUp.

Questions related to the wind up of the single-use battery program can be sent to mhswwindup@stewardshipontario.ca.

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.