Recycler or Processor FAQ

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program, there are opportunities for recyclers and primary processors to partner with Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) in the diversion of end-of-life electronics (EOLE). Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Recyclers/Processors and their role at OES.

If you would like to be a partner with OES and wish to become an OES Primary Processor (“Processor”) you may signal to OES of your desire to do so. You will be directed to contact the Recycling Qualification Office (RQO) at info@rqp.ca. RQO has a mandate to oversee the Electronics Recycling Program (RQP) application process in a harmonious way among all provincial WEEE programs operated by Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), including OES. The RQO manages all recycler assessments and approvals on behalf of the provincial stewardship programs. Once you have completed the RQO verification assessment, you would then advise OES of the successful completion of the RQP audit and receive OES program approval. Your company would then be required to complete necessary documentation provided by OES, and must enter into a contract with OES. You would then be designated an OES Service Provider.

OES does not grant approval to downstream processors. This title is reserved for approved Primary Processors only. Downstream processors are, however, required to be audited against the RQP as part of the Primary Processor application. You will be directed to contact the Recycling Qualification Office (RQO) at info@rqp.ca.

A primary processor can receive e-waste in three ways:

  1. Processor Incentive Program: review the Processor Incentive Program (PIP) Guidebook for more information on this option.
  2. Request for Proposal (RFP) Option: Processors are eligible to receive OES-collected WEEE by submitting a bid through an OES issued Request for Proposal (RFP). From time to time the RFP option will be available to approved Processors.
  3. IC&I Steward Self-Managed WEEE: Stewards who self-manage (recycle) their e-waste can partner with OES-contracted Primary Processors. Under this option, an incentive will not be available to the primary processor. To learn more about the Steward Self-Manage option, please email: ssm@ontarioelectronicstewardship.ca.

Please review the list of RQO-approved and OES-contracted Primary Processors.

All OES-Contracted Primary Processors, and their downstream processors, are audited against the RQP for End-of-Life Electronics on behalf of the WEEE provincial stewardship programs operated by Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), including OES.

The RQP defines the minimum requirements for EOLE Processors and Recyclers to be considered for use under the provincial electronics recycling stewardship programs.

The intent of the RQP is to ensure that EOLE products are managed in an environmentally sound manner that safeguards worker health and safety, and the environment from the point of primary processing to the point of final disposition. The RQP applies to both Processors and Recyclers, referred to jointly as ‘Recyclers’, and it does not replace or absolve the Recycler from any applicable Federal, Provincial/State/Territorial or other local regulatory requirements.

Please refer to Appendix 10 of the WEEE Program Plan for a detailed list of compliance requirements.

Yes. WEEE programs in other provinces operating under the EPRA banner use RQP and the primary processors are verified by the RQO who administers the RQP.