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The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority is getting prepared ahead of several big changes planned for Ontario’s existing recycling programs, which will include the release of proposed regulations and wind-up plans this year.

Michael Scott, who has been serving as the CEO of the Authority, has announced that he will step down from his position on March 31. The Authority is currently looking for a new CEO, as well as a Registrar, who will set up and operate the agency’s Registry to store data from both producers and service providers for analysis and compliance purposes.

Most observers expect the Authority will put out a request-for-proposals next month for the design of the new Registry, and soon transition to the new operating agreement.

The OWMA has made its submission on the proposed operating agreement, which includes general comments outlining the concerns of our sector.

A long-standing and significant drawback of the Waste Diversion Act was the lack of oversight and enforceable targets. The proposed operating agreement corrects this problem by giving the Authority a clear mandate for oversight and enforcement. But, in our letter to the government, the OWMA has stressed the importance of ensuring that the Authority retains adequate funding and personnel to effectively carry out these responsibilities. 

To improve cooperation with other ministries and agencies, the OWMA has suggested that the government adapt the operating agreement to allow the Minister to assign observer status to other provincial ministries and regulatory bodies, such as the Competition Bureau of Canada. Doing so will allow the province to gather valuable feedback to improve the operations of the Authority.

We have also given some expert analysis and advice on strengthening the governance framework of the Authority by providing a submission prepared by Trevor Hunter, PhD, who is an associate professor at King’s University College.