What is CESA?

In 2011, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment expanded recycling regulations to include small household electrical appliances and later, power tools and exercise equipment like treadmills.

The government put the onus on producers – manufacturers, distributors, retailers and importers who bring these products into the BC market – to provide end-of-life management for the old and unwanted products. This recycling model is called extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Members of the small household appliance industry came together and formed the not-for-profit Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) to meet the specific mandates of the regulation on their behalf. This includes setting up collection sites, transportation, recycling processes, and public education.

CESA runs the ElectroRecycle program, and is a federally-incorporated, not-for-profit organization led by the industry members whose products are stipulated in the BC Recycling Regulation. By operating as a single organization, CESA allows for an efficient approach to recycling, keeping fees low and making it easier for consumers to recycle.

CESA was incorporated in 2010. As of 2018, CESA has over 450 members from various sectors of the small household appliance and power tool industry.

How CESA operates

Industry Steward joins CESA

CESA manages legislative recycling obligations for industry (brand owner, first importer or retailer).

Environmental Handling Fee

CESA manages legislative recycling obligations for industry (brand owner, first importer or retailer).

Displaying Fees

CESA manages legislative recycling obligations for industry (brand owner, first importer or retailer).

Remitting Fees

CESA manages legislative recycling obligations for industry (brand owner, first importer or retailer).

Fees fund the Program

Fees go towards funding all operations of the program,

Non Profit

If revenues exceed expenses, the fees are reduced to align with expenses