The BC Ministry of Environment (MOE) has passed a regulation that exempts some categories of small businesses from the obligation to assume responsibility for the recycling of their Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) under the BC Recycling Regulation.
Recycle BC has developed an Online Assessment Tool that allows businesses to easily determine if they qualify for the ‘under 1,000 kg’ regulatory exemption or as a low-volume or flat-fee steward, which eliminates the need to do detailed data gathering and weighing of materials. Before using the tool, you should first follow the steps below to determine if your business is obligated under Schedule 5 of the Recycling Regulation.
If you answer NO to any of the questions below you do not need to take any further action. Also ensure you are not an exempted small business (see below). Otherwise, you are likely a low-volume steward, a flat-fee steward or a steward required to submit detailed reports.
Small Business Exemptions
The exemption extends to BC businesses in any one of the four below categories and removes the need to file a program plan of their own or join Recycle BC’s program:
- Businesses that have less than $1 million in annual revenues;
- Businesses that supply less than 1,000 kg (one tonne) of packaging and paper product to BC residents; or
- Businesses that operate as a single point of retail sale and are not supplied or operated as part of a franchise, a chain or under a banner; or
- Are a registered charity.
Low-Volume and Flat-Fee Stewards
Low-volume stewards have two flat-fee categories: 1,000 to 2,499 kg and 2,500 to 4,999 kg.
There are also flat-fee categories for: 5,000 to 9,999 kg and 10,000 to 15,000 kg.
Eligible stewards can choose to pay the flat fee with no requirement to produce a detailed annual report, or they can provide a detailed report of the amount of PPP supplied and pay stewardship fees in accordance with Recycle BC’s fee schedule. As usual, all fee rates for the following year are set in the fall.
Businesses that supply more than 15,000 kg of PPP are required to submit detailed annual reports.
What do I do next as a low-volume or flat-fee steward?
Current stewards can review their previous reports to determine if they are eligible for flat fees.
New stewards who believe they qualify for one of the flat fee categories between 5,000 and 15,000 kg should confirm with the Online Assessment Tool, proceed to the WeRecycle portal and register, complete a Membership Agreement and then follow reporting guidelines.
Stewards who qualify as a low volume steward (between 1,000 and 4,999 kg) should review terms and conditions and will be required to confirm agreement with them on the portal before submitting data.
Online Assessment Tool
British Columbia-based business can use the Online Assessment Tool to determine your status and the proper category you would fit into. Begin your assessment now.
Please note: The tool is intended to provide guidance and is based on some assumptions. For more information about assumptions related to your business, please call Recycle BC’s Steward Services team on 1-888-980-9549 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 10, 2014, Recycle BC held a webinar to introduce the Online Assessment Tool.