As organizations everywhere respond to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSSA and Recycle BC are pleased to advise that the boards of CSSA-supported programs, including Recycle BC, have approved measures to assist businesses with their packaging and paper obligations during this difficult time.
Extension on the Reporting Deadline and Adjustment Deadline
We have extended the reporting deadline by 60 days. Reports of packaging and paper data may now be submitted to the WeRecycle Portal up to July 31, 2020, rather than the regular May 31 deadline. The two-year adjustment period for 2018 reports has also been extended to July 31, 2020 from the regular adjustment deadline of May 31, 2020.
Data Reporting Options
To help stewards meet the extended reporting deadline, two reporting options are available:
- Stewards can report as usual using their 2019 sales data; or
- Stewards unable to collect 2019 data may reuse their 2018 data (net of any adjustments program corrections that may have been made).
Please note that stewards taking advantage of the methodology in option 2 will be unable to later request adjustments to their 2020 report.
Also, any steward who entered the market during 2018 and filed a partial-year report last year, will be required to extrapolate a full year of data before reusing it for their 2020 report.
Grace Period for Penalties and Interest
We recognize some organizations are experiencing significant disruption and financial hardship at this time. As always, Recycle BC remains grateful to those stewards who are able to pay their invoices within 30 days. However, in light of recent events, we have made a temporary change to the application of interest for late payment of invoices. To assist those stewards who are unable to meet outstanding and pending payment deadlines, the grace period for the application of interest is being extended to 90 days (from 30 days in the Penalty and Interest Policy). The penalty for late registration is also being waived for 90 days instead of 30 days.
Please Contact Us
As always, if you have any questions or require any reporting assistance, please contact our National Steward Services team: 1-888-980-9549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSSA and Recycle BC understand your need to prioritize your activities as the situation continues to affect businesses across Canada. Together, we extend our thanks for your efforts to support the health and safety of your customers, colleagues, and communities.