Ontario Paint Waste Regulatory Costs To Increase 400 Per Cent

The new Hazardous and Specialty Products (HSP) Regulation in Ontario is driving up manufacturing costs with new consumer eco fees for a wide range of products. Those eco fees are already higher than other jurisdictions in Canada and no evidence is provided that substantially increasing costs will produce better waste recovery outcomes, says the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA). Those increased costs will be passed on to Ontario consumers. All this comes at a time when inflation in consumer costs is at a 20-year high and raw material supplies for manufacturers range from 20 to 100 per cent higher than before the pandemic. Regulatory costs have skyrocketed to almost 400 per cent more than those paid in 2019 for paint recycling. Oversight under the delegated Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has increased from 10 to 50 staff in four years with annual operating costs rising more than 300 per cent in that time. CPCA expects the trend to continue “as the agency spends more on unnecessary and expensive IT costs for information already provided by industry.” It says that while the industry fully supports product stewardship and waste recovery, “400 per cent increases in regulatory costs paid for in eco fees by consumers without any clear prospect of better waste recycling outcomes is untenable.”