Recycle BC offers eligible stewards the option of flat fee reporting for total annual supplied quantities of packaging and paper less than 15,000 kg. This option eliminates the need to do detailed data gathering and weighing of materials, providing four weight categories with a set fee based on a range of packaging and paper materials commonly reported by all stewards. The fees are determined each October with the material fee rate schedule.
Low volume fees are available for two reporting categories:
- 1,000 to 2,499 kg
- 2,500 to 4,999 kg
Stewards eligible for low volume fees need to review and sign the Terms and Conditions on the WeRecycle Portal.
Flat fees have two reporting categories:
- 5,000 to 9,999 kg
- 10,000 to 15,000 kg
Stewards paying flat fees must sign and submit a Membership Agreement prior to filing their report, if they haven’t already done so.
Businesses that supply more than 15,000 kg of packaging and paper annually are required to submit detailed annual reports.
1. How do I determine if I am eligible for low volume or flat fees?
Current stewards can review their previous reports to determine if quantities fall into the low volume or flat fee ranges. New stewards can contact National Steward Services for assistance.
2. What if I supply less than 1,000 kg?
Stewards supplying less than 1,000 kg in BC may be exempt from registering and reporting with the program. All businesses are encouraged to contact National Steward Services to review their obligation.
3. Where can I find the current low volume and flat fees, and the fee schedule for all material categories?
This information is published each October in the Report to Stewards and is available here.
4. Are flat fees representative of all material categories? If I choose to pay a flat fee, can I change my reporting option to file a detailed report after the fees are determined?
The flat fee reporting option provides convenience to stewards, with the fee amount calculation based on a representative sample of all materials and fee rates. Once a flat fee report has been filed the Terms and Conditions prohibit filers from switching to detailed reports. Please note that flat fee reports are reviewed as part of the normal report verification process but are not eligible for steward-initiated adjustments.