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CESA Notice to Members – April, 2017

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The CESA quarterly notice provides important program updates and changes for members. If you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to reach out to us directly at any time. We may share your question in future notices, as often times the questions one member asks are thought of by others. It is a great opportunity to share learnings and information about the program!
Program Product Update
CESA is continuously reviewing new and existing products to either confirm or exclude their capture under the ElectroRecycle program and ensure a consistent decision-making process is followed. A reminder that the following products are excluded from the ElectoRecycle program.

Product Exclusions
Air powered (pneumatic) toolsHeating PadsOral Thermometers
Christmas LightsHoliday DécorPaper Shredders
Electric BlanketsMassage ChairsRadios
Fireplace InsertsMassage Seat CoversTENS Machines
Gelato maker/ Ice Cream makerNebulizersUSB-powered Devices
Heart Rate MonitorsNight LightsWater Coolers

A current list of included and excluded products is always available in the CESA Product Guide available for download here. A Summary of Program Product Changes is also available for download here. Members are reminded that they must report and remit fees on new products starting 90 days from receiving notice about the inclusion of the product in the program.
If your company has questions whether a product is included or not included in the program, please email memberservices@cesarecycling.ca with a product description and photo, and we will provide clarification. Depending on the nature of the product, a decision may need to be reviewed by CESA’s Producer Relations Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis, resulting in a potential delay. We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure all products are thoroughly reviewed.
Stewardship Plan Submission Update
On September 30, 2016, CESA submitted a revised BC Product Stewardship Plan to the B.C. Ministry of Environment.  The Plan is currently undergoing review by the Ministry, which is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2017. The draft plan is available online here. In the interim, the Program continues to operate under the existing approved stewardship plans available here.
2016 Member Compliance Reviews
Member compliance reviews are conducted annually. While the 2016 reviews found that the majority of members are in compliance, members are reminded to ensure that the correct Environmental Handling Fees (EHFs) are attached to applicable CESA products and that payments (whether monthly, quarterly or annually) are submitted on time. The type and frequency of errors identified through the 2016 compliance reviews are summarized below.

Type of ErrorFrequency (%)
Product classification errors57%
EHF applied to non-program products45%
Late reporting/remittance38%
Underreporting EHFs28%
Missing EHFs on program products15%
Reporting Errors9%
Stopped reporting for an extended period of time4%
Missing EHF on demo models or internal use items4%
Remitted single units for multi-packs2%
Paid EHFs to their suppliers but did not adjust their remittances2%

Our membership policies are always available for review on the ElectroRecycle website here.

If you have any questions please contact us by phone (1-800-670-2372) or by email at memberservices@cesarecycling.ca.
2017 ElectroRecycle Ambassador Tour
Summer is on its way and that means ElectroRecycle is hitting the road to promote recycling and facilitate the collection of broken small appliances throughout British Columbia. The ElectroRecycle Ambassador Team will be traveling through communities, hosting round-ups and attending community festivals and are looking forward to connecting with communities across BC on behalf of all our members!

Al Fontaine of Townsite Ace Hardware in Bella Coola, partnered with the ElectroRecycle Ambassador team in 2016 and said that “Having the Recycling Ambassadors on location helped bring people into the store for the day and really got people talking and thinking about recycling that otherwise might not have known about it at all”.

If you are a retailer in B.C and are interested in partnering with our ambassador team to host a round-up event in your community please let us know. We are excited to visit your location with our recycling info booth which includes games and prizes and our ElectroRecycle drop off bin to allow customers to recycle on site. For more information, please contact Stephen Morgan, Stakeholder Communications Supervisor, at stephen@electrorecycle.ca
New Bill Payment Option – Coming Soon!
CESA is pleased to announce members will soon be able to pay their CESA EHF invoices through a new online bill payment service which will be offered through the following banking institutions:

  • TD Canada Trust
  • Central 1
  • BMO
  • Scotia Bank
  • RBC
  • CIBC

As of April 30, 2017, online bill payment services can be used through TD Bank, Central 1 and BMO banking institutions. A notice will be circulated to CESA’s membership once the implementation of the service is complete for the remaining organizations. If your preferred bank is not listed, please let us know and we will research whether its inclusion is possible.
Member Information Update
This is a friendly reminder to ensure that all contact information on your member reporting profile is kept up-to-date.  Please email: memberservices@cesarecycling.ca to notify the program of any changes. As well, when you submit your reports and remittances in a timely manner through our Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system, it helps to keep the program costs low for everyone.