Each designated packaging and paper product material is associated with a fee rate. For each obligation year, fee rates are carefully calculated to using the Four-Step Fee Methodology to ensure fairness and to cover the costs associated with collection, transportation and processing of each material. An obligation year is a calendar year for which stewards are or were required to register, file a Steward Report and pay applicable fees. The first reporting year for this program was 2013 and the first payment (invoice) year was 2014.

Stewards are required to file their reports by May 31 each year, and fees are paid quarterly as follows:

Quarterly Payment Schedule:

  • January 31
  • April 30
  • July 31
  • October 31

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Flat Fee Information

Eligible businesses can choose to pay a flat fee based on the quantities of packaging and paper product (PPP) supplied annually to residents of British Columbia without having to go through the detailed data gathering and weighing of their PPP.  Current flat fee categories and rates are summarized in the table below. For more information, see Small Business, Low Volume & Flat Fee Stewards.

2020 Program Budget:

For information on Recycle BC’s 2018 recycling accessibility performance, 2018 financial performance and 2020 budget, please refer to the pre-read for the October 2019 Annual Steward Meeting.

2019 Annual Steward Meeting Materials:

To access all the materials from the 2018 Annual Steward Meeting, please click here.