The Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 designates lighting equipment under Ontario’s individual producer responsibility regulatory framework.
Individual producer responsibility makes producers accountable for their products and packaging once consumers are finished with them; sets mandatory and enforceable requirements for resource recovery; and gives producers choices for resource recovery services in a competitive market.
As of January 1, 2023, lighting producers are individually accountable and financially responsible for collecting and reusing, refurbishing or recycling their products when consumers discard them.
The EEE Regulation defines lighting as equipment that has the primary purpose of producing light, such as light bulbs, tubes and lamps, including incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, light emitting diode (LED) and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps. The definition does not include lighting that is provided with another product or a fixture, or that falls into the category of ITT/AV equipment as defined by the regulation.
- Dimmable light bulb
- Fluorescent bulb
- Halogen bulb
- Headlight bulb
- High intensity discharge (HID) lamp
- Indicator Lights
- Incandescent bulb
- Light emitting diode (LED) bulb
- Mini and miniature bulbs
- Motion activated bulb
- Replacement bulbs & lamps
- Tube light
- UV Lamps
- Wi-Fi light bulb
- Ceiling light
- Floor lamp
- Flush mount light
- Light bulb supplied with a fixture
- Light bulb supplied with a product
- Light Strips
- Pendant light
- Recessed lighting
- Ring lights
- String lights
- Table & floor lamps
Producers and service providers of lighting were required to register with RPRA through its online Registry by November 30, 2022. For more information on registration, visit the lighting producer and service provider webpages.
If you have questions about your lighting obligations under the EEE Regulation, or if you would like to receive email communications relating to lighting, contact RPRA’s Compliance and Registry Team at email@example.com or toll free at 1-833-600-0530.
How does the EEE Regulation affect you?
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A person is considered a producer under the EEE Regulation if they supply lighting into Ontario and:
- are the brand holder of EEE and have residency in Canada
- have residency in Ontario and import EEE from outside of Ontario
- have residency in Ontario and markets directly to consumers in Ontario (e.g. online sales)
- does not have residency in Ontario and markets directly to consumers in Ontario (e.g. online sales)
- A hauler is a person that arranges the transport of lighting used in Ontario that is destined for processing, reuse, refurbishing or disposal.
- A refurbisher is a person that prepares or refurbishes used lighting for reuse for the purposes of resource recovery.
- A processor is a person that processes lighting used in Ontario for the purposes of resource recovery.
If you are a First Nation or municipality that collects EEE at a depot or through collection events or if you are a retailer or organization that provides collection boxes at your location, you do not have registration or reporting requirements under the EEE Regulation as a collector. You may have responsibilities if you are a collector of ITT/AV who is also a producer or a hauler.
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 EEE 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 and payment.