Any business that supplies, distributes or sells packaged products or printed paper in Manitoba may be affected by new provincial legislation that goes into effect April 1.
The Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation requires affected companies to register as product stewards and to remit fees that are used to cover up to 80% of the cost of municipal recycling programs.
A new industry group—Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM)—has been tasked with collecting fees and running the stewardship program. To find out if your company must register and pay fees, visit the MMSM website stewardshipmanitoba.org. Stewards must register no later than March 31, 2010.
A presentation on steward fees for 2010, and on how to register and report, will be held January 29, 2010 from 11:00 to 12:30 in Winnipeg (location to be determined). Alternately, stewards may choose to participate via the Web. To register to attend in person or online, visit the MMSM website then navigate to the What’s New tab.