New MMSW fee categories and tool to help small businesses

News posted on January 16, 2017

With the recent completion of the two-year transition period for Saskatchewan small businesses, Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) has introduced new flat fee categories and an assessment tool to help low-volume stewards meet their reporting requirements quickly and easily.

Prior to December 31, 2016, businesses resident in Saskatchewan with annual revenue between $2 million and $5 million were required to pay an annual $500 flat fee for the first two years of the program and were not required to report to MMSW.

Online Assessment Tool
The new Online Assessment Tool makes it simple for businesses to determine if they must now register and report with MMSW and if they are eligible to pay a flat fee based on the quantities of packaging and paper supplied annually to residents of Saskatchewan. The tool enables low-volume stewards to meet their reporting obligation without having to go through detailed data gathering and weighing of their packaging and paper. Stewards simply answer a few questions to determine whether it meets the low-volume criteria.

The Online Assessment Tool is part of MMSW’s ongoing efforts to simplify reporting requirements and ease the administrative burden for Saskatchewan businesses. Low-volume stewards can choose to pay the flat fee with no requirement to produce a detailed annual report, or they can provide a detailed report of the amount of packaging and paper supplied and pay stewardship fees in accordance with MMSW’s fee schedule.

Exempt and Low-Volume Stewards
Businesses supplying less than 1,000 kg of packaging and paper continue to be exempt from registration and reporting requirements. Exemptions also continue for businesses with less than $2 million in revenue or that operate a single retail point.

The following flat fees are available to low-volume stewards:

  • A flat fee of $220 for businesses that supply between 1,000 and 2,500 kg.
  • A flat fee of $460 for businesses that supply between 2,500 and 5,000 kg.

Stewards who believe they qualify for one of the low-volume categories should confirm with the Assessment Tool and then proceed to the WeRecycle Portal, registering if necessary and following the guidelines for low-volume stewards.

Businesses that supply more than 5,000 kg are required to submit detailed annual reports.
Stewards who previously made transition period payments will be contacted by National Steward Services about 2017 invoices. Invoice requirements for new stewards will be determined as part of the registration process.
>Our National Steward Services team is available to assist with any questions about registration, reporting or fees. Contact NSS at 1-888-980-9549 or .