Consultation on the Material Cost Differentiation Methodology

On June 25, 1:30 – 3:00 EDT, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) held an information webinar to introduce the steward community to the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) Methodology and its results.

The materials are now available here, including the Recycle BC fee calculator tool. Please provide feedback by July 23, 2020 to

The MCD Methodology is a new and innovative way to measure the
cost impacts of materials on the recycling system. It will provide a significant input to setting fair and accurate fee rates for packaging and paper recycling programs. A critical input to the Four-Step Fee Methodology, it will allocate the gross cost of the recycling system (the largest component of a program’s annual budget) to all designated materials and will affect all stewards.

It is principle-based and measures cost impacts in a fair and consistent way. The methodology will generate a Material Cost Index (MCI) that assigns a value to each material that expresses its cost impact on recycling system activities relative to all other materials. The lower the MCI value, the lower the impact on recycling system costs.