Each designated packaging and paper product material is associated with a fee rate. For each obligation year, fee rates are carefully calculated 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

Click here to download the 2018 fee rates per kg for the obligated packaging and paper product material categories.

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.

Total Tonnage
Supplied (kg)
2016 Invoice Year 2017 Invoice Year 2018 Invoice Year
0 – 1,000 Exempt Exempt Exempt
1,000 – 2,499 $550 $600 $600
2,500 – 4,999 $1200 $1500 $1500
5,000 – 9,999 Flat fee reporting category not available $3500
10,000 – 15,000 $6000

2018 Program Budget:

For information on Recycle BC’s 2016 recycling accessibility performance, 2016 financial performance and 2018 budget, please refer to the pre-read for the October 2017 Annual Steward Meeting.

2017 Annual Steward Meeting Materials:

To access all the materials from the 2016 Annual Steward Meeting, please click here.