Frequently Asked Questions

MMSM

Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (MMSM) is a non-profit industry-funded organization that develops, implements and operates waste diversion programs for designated packaging and printed paper in the Province of Manitoba.
A group of packaging and paper stewards provide up to 80% of the funds for efficient municipal recycling programs across the province. These stewards include brand owners, importers and franchisors – essentially the producers of consumer goods that are sold in Manitoba.
Did you know that more than half of your household waste can be recycled? More than 94% of communities and municipalities around the province offer the opportunity to recycle household materials that contribute to half of your household waste. Check out our consumer website for a full list of what you can and can’t recycle by visiting SimplyRecycle.ca. For information on what other materials (tires, oils, electronics, batteries) you can recycle and collection sites, please visit www.recyclemanitoba.ca.

Steward

On the WeRecycle Portal login page, there is a ‘Get Support’ feature that allows you to reset your password by inputting your User ID, first name, last name, and email address. Alternatively, you can contact National Steward Services at 1-888-950-9549 or stewards@cssalliance.ca for assistance.
Designated Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) materials that are not managed in the residential waste system need not be included in the Steward’s Report (for example, materials provided for industrial, commercial or institutional use, or something strictly used for agricultural purposes). All quantities of PPP not managed through a private waste management program should be considered obligated under the program.

Material: Designated PPP that is handled exclusively by an establishment’s on-premise waste management program.

Rationale: Stewards can deduct PPP sold to establishments that have on premise waste management program. For example, soup cans sold and consumed at an auto manufacturing cafeteria or university campus can be deducted, as this is considered IC&I (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional).

Material: Food service PPP packaging partially managed on-site

Rationale: Food service establishments that offer in-house seating often manage a portion of PPP on site. This may be deductible. Stewards need to describe how they quantify material deductions (i.e. determine what portion of designated Packaging/Printed Materials are used onsite) and report total quantities taken away from the property by, or delivered to consumers.

Material: Packaging and/or Printed Paper managed through an internal recovery program

Rationale: Some Stewards manage all or some of their PPP internally (e.g. photo developers recycling plastic film canisters). They would calculate their total DPPP generated in Manitoba then describe how they calculated deductions for the portions managed through internal systems.

Material: PPP used and managed within an IC&I system

Rationale: There are exemptions based on the use of a material. If a material is used and managed within an IC&I system it is not obligated. For example, something that is strictly used for agricultural purposes is exempted. This would include grain bags and other products used exclusively for agricultural purposes.

MMSM applies a revenue-based and a fee-based exemption threshold to determine if a Steward is required to register with MMSM and to pay fees.

  • Stewards are exempt from filing a Steward’s Report and paying the fees if during the Data Year, the Steward, its Affiliates, and Franchisees had combined Gross Revenues from the sale of all products and services in Manitoba which was less than $750,000;
  • After a Steward files a Steward’s Report they will be exempt from payment of fees if, during the Data Year, the Steward, its Affiliates and Franchisees Supplied DPPP in an aggregate quantity of kilograms that generated annualized fees of less than $250.00.

To file a Steward’s report with Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, please login to the WeRecycle Portal at werecycle.cssalliance.ca.

You will then be required to login to your account with your user ID and password. See above for details on how to recover your password, or contact National Steward Services at 1-888-950-9549 or stewards@cssalliance.ca for assistance.

MMSM maintains a list of registered companies and approved voluntary stewards. The list is updated annually. You can access the current list here on the MMSM website. Stewards can use the list to identify if their Manitoba-based vendors are compliant with the WRAP Act and/or if out-of-province brand owners have volunteered to become the Obligated Steward on behalf of the First Importer in Manitoba.
To register with the MMSM program, please visit the WeRecycle Portal and follow the steps to register as a new steward. If your company is already a steward with any of the other programs managed by our service provider, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) and you have a steward number, then you can log onto the portal and simply add the MMSM program to your steward account. Stewards can also access a Portal User Guide, which provides assistance in registering and navigating the portal. Once the registration process is complete, stewards can begin working on their reports, which will be submitted through the portal. National Steward Services is available to assist with any questions: 1-888-980-9549 or stewards@cssalliance.ca.

Steward reports are due May 31, every year. In accordance with the MMSM Rules, every steward is required to register with MMSM no later than March 31, 2010, or within 30 days of becoming resident in Manitoba. Please note that outstanding reports are subject to penalties and interest.

Stewards are required to back report to the beginning of the program (2010 Reporting), or as far back as they were obligated; whichever is later.

The Guidebook for Stewards can help identify the materials that are obligated as part of this program. You are encouraged to visit the site to understand which materials are obligated. In general, all types of packaging and printed-paper materials that are supplied to consumers that will be taken home and disposed of in the residential waste stream should be reported.

The Ready to Report Checklist for packaging and printed-paper programs summarizes the steps to consider before entering your data in the WeRecycle Portal. A number of other resources to assist stewards with their reports are available on the CSSA website under Ready to Report Webinar.

PPP stands for designated Packaging and Printed Paper. It is defined as Packaging and/or Printed Paper that consists of, or a combination of, glass, metal, paper, or plastic that is potentially disposed in the Manitoba municipal residential waste system.

This program commenced on April 1, 2010.

The Manitoba Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act, 2008 requires companies who are designated as “Stewards” of residential packaging and printed paper to share in funding up to 80% of the net cost of Manitoba’s municipal waste reduction and preventions programs. The questions below will help you determine if your company is likely to be classified as a Steward.

  • Is your company resident in Manitoba? For more information about carrying on business in Manitoba and how this concept is applied under the PPP Program Plan, please see Appendix A of the 2017 Rules. A company that is not resident in Manitoba is not obligated under the WRAP Act but may choose to become a Voluntary Steward in accordance with the Voluntary Steward Policy.
  • Is your company a Brand Owner, First Importer, or Franchisor of one or more consumer products and /or printed paper sold/distributed in Manitoba?
  • If you answered yes to question 2, does your company or organization’s products or printed paper generate “Designated Packaging and Printed Paper” (DPPP)? DPPP is defined as Packaging and/or Printed Paper that consists of one or a combination of glass, metal, paper, or and plastic that is potentially disposed in the Manitoba municipal residential waste system.
  • Was your company’s gross Manitoba revenue greater than $750,000? Gross Revenue in Manitoba includes the combined gross revenues from the sale of all products and services in Manitoba by your company and all of its affiliates. If your company is a franchise, gross Manitoba revenue refers to the combined sales from all of your franchisees’ products and services.

If you answered YES to the questions above, your company is obligated to file a Steward’s Report with MMSM. If you answered NO to any question, you are not obligated under the Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation. However, MMSM requires you to register and declare your non-obligation status on the WeRecycle portal.


Municipal

On the Municipal Online Reporting login page, there is a ‘Forgot your password’ feature that allows you to reset your password by inputting your municipal number and User ID. If you have forgotten your password, enter in your Municipal/Group number and login id on this screen then click ‘Forgot Your Password?’ An email will be sent to the email address Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba has on file for the login ID you entered. Alternatively, you can contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 or toll free at 1-877-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.

Please contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 or toll free 1-877-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.
Please contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 or toll free at 1-877-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.
Please contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 or toll free 1-77-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.
Please contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 or toll free at 1-877-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.

Municipalities and local governments must register with MMSM to be considered for recycling program funding. Fill out and submit the Registration and Agreement Form found here

The form will be reviewed by MMSM to ensure your program meets the eligibility requirements of MMSM. MMSM and the applicant will execute a Municipal Funding Agreement. Once an applicant’s eligibility is confirmed, and the fully executed Municipal Funding Agreement has been received, MMSM will email log in information to be used to submit claims. Municipalities are required to use our online system to report recycled materials. Support payments will only be paid for materials collected after the date that the Municipal Funding Agreement has been executed.

Municipal Recycling Services Payments are paid for each metric tonne of eligible material recovered from the residential waste stream. The payment rate is set each year to offset up to 80% of the median net cost to collect and process recyclables efficiently and effectively.

MMSM’s Municipal Services Program bases its funding rates on the outcome of cost monitoring studies that are undertaken yearly.

MMSM sends out a letter early in the year indicating how much money will be paid out to the municipalities for the following year, if you did not receive the letter, or if you have questions regarding funding amounts, please contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 toll free at 1-866-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.
Please contact Municipal Services at 1-204-953-2010 or toll free at 1-877-952-2010 or email municipalservices@stewardshipmanitoba.org for assistance.
Please see the attached link, it is a step by step guide on how to submit your MORS reporting.