The batteries program was the second material after tires that was transitioned under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. As of July 1, 2020, battery producers are individually accountable and financially responsible for collecting and reusing, refurbishing or recycling their batteries when consumers discard them.
In February 2020, the Ministry approved the regulation for the end-of-life management of batteries. These rules are in effect as of July 1, 2020. There is no obligation for municipal governments to operate a program.
Municipalities that are interested in continuing to provide collection services should contact the Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will ultimately be responsible for collecting these batteries to determine if mutually agreeable commercial terms be reached. The list of battery PROs is available on the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority’s (RPRA’s) website
- Responding to the Proposed Amendments Under the RRCEA. December 17, 2021
- Comments on Review of Producer Responsibility Regulations for Tires and Batteries to Reduce Regulatory Burden. March 9, 2021
- Final Regulation for Batteries. February 27, 2020
- Draft Regulation for Batteries. May 10, 2019