Canada Issues New Regulation on Batteries
ONTARIO REGULATION 30/20 on Batteries under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 was published in The Ontario Gazette on March 14, 2020.
This Regulation applies to primary and rechargeable batteries with a weight of 5 kg or less. The document establishes requirements to the way of collection of batteries and obliges every manufacturer to establish and operate a system for managing batteries by determining and satisfying their management requirement with respect to each applicable category of batteries.
From now, every company that produces and put batteries on the market of Ontario as well as producer responsibility organizations, battery haulers, battery processors, and battery refurbishers must to be fully registered through the Register, submit relevant reports to the authority, and keep records.
Moreover, from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022, every manufacturer needs to carry out a promotion and education program regarding his battery collection sites that allow consumers to return the batteries for free. It also should describe what other collection services are available and what actions the manufacturer takes up for battery recovering.
Please note, every battery producer must do the audit of practices and procedures he implemented to comply with the regulation requirements.
The full text of the regulation is available here.
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