In preparation for the launching of the Multi-Material Recycling Program, the Minister of Environment has announced changes aimed at clarifying the role of small businesses in the program.
Following a consultation with business, adjustments have been made to the program and will be finalized in the new year. The proposed changes include the following:
- Small businesses, including newspapers, that have a gross revenue of less than $2 million, or generate less than one tonne of packaging and paper, or operate as a single point of sale (not a franchise or chain) are fully exempt from participating in MMRP.
- A two year temporary transition exemption will be in place for businesses whose annual revenue is between $2 and $5 million. These businesses will not be required to report their tonnage of household packaging and paper during this period, but will be required to register with MMSW and contribute a $500 annual flat fee.
- The two year transition exemption will also apply to all larger newspapers (all those not captured within the small business exemption).
- During the two-year transitional period, a working group with representatives from municipalities, businesses, newspapers, and the waste reduction community will be supported by the Ministry of Environment, with an aim to identify further program adjustments that would bring mid-size businesses and larger newspapers into the MMRP.
- During the two year transitional period, program fees will be set by the Minister of Environment and any changes to fees will be approved by the Minister.
- The Ministry of Environment will reallocate $500,000 to help municipalities cover the costs of recycling over the two-year transition period.
Businesses that do not fall into any of these categories are required to participate fully in MMRP.