June 29, 2020

On June 25, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) held an information webinar to introduce the steward community to the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) Methodology and its results.

The materials are now available here. Click here to view the MMSM Fee Calculator.

Please provide feedback by July 23, 2020 to

June 15, 2020

Material Cost Differentiation Methodology Consultation

On June 25, 1:30 – 3:00 EDT, CSSA will hold an information webinar to introduce the steward community to the Material Cost Differentiation (MCD) Methodology and its results.

The MCD Methodology is a new and innovative way to measure the cost impacts of materials on the recycling system. It will provide a significant input to setting fair and accurate fee rates for packaging and paper recycling programs. A critical input to the Four-Step Fee Methodology, it will allocate the gross cost of the recycling system (the largest component of a program’s annual budget) to all designated materials and will affect all stewards.

It is principle-based and measures cost impacts in a fair and consistent way. The methodology will generate a Material Cost Index (MCI) that assigns a value to each material that expresses its cost impact on recycling system activities relative to all other materials. The lower the MCI value, the lower the impact on recycling system costs.

On June 25, stewards will learn more about how the methodology works, its many features and benefits, and for the first time see its results. Which material has a higher cost impact on the recycling system: PET beverage bottles or cartons? Which material has a higher MCI value: colour HDPE bottles or natural colour HDPE – and why would colour make a difference? Which material has a higher MCI value – film or steel?

Please register for the webinar here

An in-depth pre-read that describes the development of the MCD Methodology and explains how it works is available here.

An abridged description of the methodology together with its features and benefits is available here.

We look forward to you joining us on June 25.

April 3, 2020

Reporting Extensions and Options

As organizations everywhere respond to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to advise that the boards of CSSA-supported programs have approved measures to assist businesses with their Packaging and Paper Product (PPP) obligations during this difficult time.

Extension on the Reporting Deadline and Adjustment Deadline

We have extended the reporting deadline by 60 days. Reports of PPP data may now be submitted to the WeRecycle Portal up to July 31, 2020, rather than the regular May 31 deadline. The two-year adjustment period for 2018 reports has also been extended to July 31, 2020 from the regular adjustment deadline of May 31, 2020.

Data Reporting Options

To help stewards meet the extended reporting deadline, two reporting options are available:

  1. Stewards can report as usual using their 2019 sales data; or
  2. Stewards unable to collect 2019 data may reuse their 2018 data (net of any adjustments program corrections that may have been made).

Please note that stewards taking advantage of the methodology in option 2 will be unable to later request adjustments to their 2020 report.

Also, any steward who entered the market during 2018 and filed a partial-year report last year, will be required to extrapolate a full year of data before reusing it for their 2020 report.

Grace Period for Penalties and Interest

We recognize some organizations are experiencing significant disruption and financial hardship at this time. As always, the programs remain grateful to those stewards who are able to pay their invoices within 30 days. However, in light of recent events, we have made a temporary change to the application of interest for late payment of invoices. To assist those stewards who are unable to meet outstanding and pending payment deadlines, the grace period for the application of interest is being extended to 90 days (from 30 days in the Penalty and Interest Policy). The penalty for late registration is also being waived for 90 days instead of 30 days.

Please Contact Us

As always, if you have any questions or require any reporting assistance, please contact our National Steward Services team: 1-888-980-9549 or

CSSA, on behalf of Recycle BC, MMSW, MMSM and Stewardship Ontario, understands your need to prioritize your activities as the situation continues to affect businesses across Canada. Together, we extend our thanks for your efforts to support the health and safety of your customers, colleagues and communities.

October 25, 2019

Materials from the 2019 Annual Steward Meeting

Thank you to those of you who joined us for the 2019 Annual Steward Meeting! We hope that you found the information helpful in understanding the 2020 fees and your obligations. Below are the materials from the meeting:

Stewards are invited to submit feedback or questions on the contents and information provided before and during the Annual Steward Meeting to

October 21, 2019

The 2019 Annual Steward Meeting (ASM) will be taking place on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

The pre-read document is now available for you to review program information in advance of the meeting.

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