A key problem with the Call2Recycle proposal was that
its proposed Industry Stewardship Plan included both dry cell
single use batteries (over which Waste Diversion Ontario has
jurisdiction under the Waste Diversion Act) and rechargeable
batteries (over which Waste Diversion Ontario does not have
jurisdiction). We showed that the plan had the potential to
confuse and interfere with the existing free market in rechargeable
batteries, especially valuable lead acid batteries, which are
already the most highly recycled product in North America.
According to WDO's website, the proposal was rejected
for the following reasons:
... the plan as proposed by Call2Recycle had the potential
to cause significant impacts on the single-use battery
post-collection marketplace. In addition, the Board decided that
the Call2Recyle ISP, as a single product business model, might have
difficulty transitioning to a new legislative framework. Another
contributing factor to the Board's decision was the deep
division among stakeholders over whether slag, a by-product of
processing single-use batteries, should be reported as a product of
battery recycling. This issue is currently unresolved.
This means that single-use batteries will continue to be managed
by Stewardship Ontario and its Municipal
Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program (Orange Drop).
However, Stewardship Ontario is losing responsibility for
recycling paint and coatings. At the same meeting, Waste Diversion
Ontario did approve a new Industry Stewardship Plan for paint and
coatings. Product Care Association (Product Care, which
has renamed itself as Regeneration). The effective date of the
Product Care ISP was determined by the WDO Board to be no earlier
than June 2015.
Approval of the Regeneration proposal means that competition to
recycle hazardous waste is heating up. If properly regulated, this
could be good both for the environment and for stewards.
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