1) WDO Board Approves Revisions to WEEE Program Rules for Stewards Regarding Re-categorization of Products Among Material Categories
Changes with Respect to Payment of EEE Fees
Revisions are coming to the WEEE Program Rules for Stewards related to the re-categorization of products within certain material categories. OES determined that a number of material fee rate categories were not properly reflecting the costs to manage certain materials. Specifically, OES identified printing devices in the Desktop Printing, Copying and Multi-Function Devices category that can operate with battery power and products in the Home/Non-Portable Image, Audio and Video devices category that are portable and/or have back-up or alternative power sources. It was determined that these products should be more appropriately placed in the Personal/Portable Image, Audio and Video Devices category.
In addition, OES is moving the Ultra Mobile PC from the Personal/ Portable – Image, Audio and Video to the Personal Computer category and clock radios to the Personal/ Portable – Image, Audio and Video category.
The implementation date of the above re-categorization of products as approved by the WDO Board is December 1st after which fee rates in Appendix B: EEE Material Definitions of the Rules for Stewards with Respect to Payment of EEE Fees will apply to March 31, 2011. Stewards and Remitters will file their December report using the new Appendix B Material Definitions by no later than January 30, 2011. The revised Rules are posted on the OES website.
Summary of Material Category Changes
The following items were removed from the Printing, Copying and Multi-Function Devices - Desktop Printing, Copying and Multi-Function Devices sub-category with a Steward’s fee of $5.40 and placed in the Personal/ Portable subcategory of the Image, Audio and Video category which attracts a $0.40 Steward’s fee:
Point of Sale (POS) receipt printers
Portable computer scanners
Portable PC-free photo printers
Handheld printers such as calculators with printing capabilities or label makers
Desktop label, barcode, card printers
The following items were removed from the Home/Non Portable – Image, Audio and Video category that has a $2.75 Steward’s fee to the Personal/ Portable subcategory of the Image, Audio and Video category that attracts a $0.40 fee:
For clarity, clock radios are being explicitly referenced in the Personal/ Portable – Image, Audio and Video category which attracts a fee rate of $0.40 fee. For additional clarity within the Home/Non Portable – Image, Audio and Video category, wording has been added to explicitly list the following EEE that may have had a non portable function:
The following item was moved from the Personal/ Portable – Image, Audio and Video category that attracts a fee of $0.40 to the Personal Computer category that attracts a fee of $2.75:
The table attached to this email summarizes the change to the reporting and fee categories.
OES has requested the opportunity to consult with WEEE stewards on the Form of Steward’s report contained in the revised Rules for Stewards; further communication on this issue to follow.
If you have any questions regarding the re-categorization of products among material categories (and corresponding fee changes), please contact email@example.com.
2) September 30, 2010 OES Report was due October 30, 2010
Stewards/Remitters and Sub-Remitters should already be tracking and reporting monthly the amount of EEE that they supply for use in Ontario.
Report and Payment #1 (revised Phase 1 & 2) for April 1-30, 2010 was due on May 30, 2010
Report and Payment #2 (revised Phase 1 & 2) for May 1-31, 2010 was due on June 30, 2010
Report and Payment #3 (revised Phase 1 & 2) for June 1-30, 2010 was due on July 30, 2010
Report and Payment #4 (revised Phase 1 & 2) for July 1- 31, 2010 was due on August 30, 2010
Report and Payment #5 (revised Phase 1 & 2) for August 1- 31, 2010 was due on September 30, 2010
Report and Payment #6 (revised Phase 1 &2) for September 1-30, 2010 was due on October 30, 2010
Stewards who report and make payments according to the Revised (Phase 1 and 2) Fee Schedule in the Rules are considered to be in good standing with OES and compliant with the Waste Diversion Act (WDA) and the WEEE Program Plan Rules.
Non-complying Stewards may be subject to enforcement actions by the Ministry of the Environment as prescribed under Sections 36 - 41 of the WDA. Obligated Stewards and Remitters who fail to pay applicable EEE Fees may be subject to a penalty of 10% of the obligated EEE Fees due and payable. Interest may be charged at the Interest Rate on any outstanding balance due.
3) How to file an OES Report
For information on how to file your OES Report, please see Guidebook 2: How to file an OES Report.
4) How to remit payment to OES
OES provides information that enables Stewards, Remitters and Sub-Remitters to download their invoices from a confidential web-based system. For more information on invoices and payment options please review Please review Issue 89, September 29, 2010.