YESS Becomes a Producer Responsibility Organization for Batteries

June 18, 2024

Yes Environmental Services and Solutions (YESS) is pleased to announce that effective immediately, it will provide compliance services to battery producers under the Ontario Battery Regulation 30/20 as a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO). This step brings YESS’ market-leading compliance services to a new category of producers in the market, expanding on its current offerings of compliance services for tires.

YESS is a wholly owned division of Environmental 360 Solutions (E360S). The vertical integration provides our PRO with direct access to the most robust battery collection network in the province and both direct collection and resource recovery capabilities through our battery recycling division based in Port Colborne, Ontario. This direct access to the collection and processing infrastructure, equipment, and personnel allows YESS to ensure complete compliance for our producers at the lowest cost.

Since the transition to the Ontario Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA) in July 2020 RMC/E360S has collected and recycled over 13,000,000 kilograms of batteries. The resources recovered from our battery processing operations are delivered to downstream manufacturers that use these commodities in the production of new, green products.

Donato Ardellini, E360S Founder and CEO said, “Our commitment to the resource recovery sector has been infused into the business of E360S and is a key differentiator between our company and our competitors. Where others operate on the ‘collect – transport – dispose’ mindset, E360S is focused on recovering value and resources, driving circularity through the market, and reducing dependence on virgin material extraction for our customers. Our acquisition of RMC continues our leadership in the resource recovery market. We are prioritizing the growth of this battery recycling business to meet the challenges of our digital and electric world by recovering resources, providing safe, easy access to recycling, and reducing risks of improper end-of-life battery disposal that puts municipalities, residents, and companies like ours at risk of battery-caused fires. Our investment in this business will create new jobs and drive innovation right here in Ontario, as the RRCEA was intended to do.”

“We heard from Producers that there was a need for a robust, integrated battery collection and recovery compliance solution in the market,” said E360S VP of Sustainability and head of YESS, Andrew Horsman. “Pre-transition to the RRCEA, RMC’s focus on battery collection and recovery made Ontario a world leader in this area. Unfortunately, since the transition, Ontario’s battery collection rates have plummeted by more than 75% under the management of the legacy PRO, substantially missing the regulated targets. This has created compliance risks for producers, safety risks for businesses, and fails to deliver on the expectation consumers have when they pay Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) on their purchase of new batteries. Under YESS PRO we will once again deliver battery collection and recovery results that exceed all metrics and restore consumer confidence in the system.”   

YESS / E360S stands ready to support the advancement of the resource recovery mission for batteries, tires, and other materials now and into the future. The company will continue to invest in the infrastructure and jobs needed to achieve the goal of a circular market. For inquiries regarding YESS PRO’s compliance services or E360S please contact Andrew Horsman at or directly at 416-389-2425.

About YESS

YESS is a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) providing tire compliance solutions to producers under the act (RRCEA) and regulation. Since YESS’ inception in 2018, YESS has provided reliable compliance services to producers and has exceeded the regulatory obligations of our customers, ensuring their absolute compliance with the resource recovery objectives. Since our first year, YESS has met or exceeded the requirements for both collection and recovery, even during the challenging transition year and during the height of the pandemic. Throughout, YESS has maintained its low-cost structure by working closely with service providers and other parties regulated under the Ontario Tire Regulation. 

About E360S

E360S is a rapidly expanding, diverse waste management and resource recovery services company that continues to grow its service offerings and geographical footprint through organic growth, as well as continued acquisitions. In September of 2023, E360S acquired the assets of Raw Materials Company, Canada’s longest-established battery recycler and a pioneer in the processing and recovering of resources from end-of-life batteries. This acquisition immediately positioned E360S as a market leader, bringing with it a Canada-wide collection network (including thousands of sites across Ontario) and many border states, logistics capabilities to service these sites, and state-of-the-art battery processing facilities that have long-established and contractual relationships with downstream purchasers for the recovered materials. These capabilities were enhanced by E360S’ proven track record in providing substantial improvements to the operations of its acquisitions through the attention to customer service, understanding the needs of clients, and most importantly, ensuring that safety and the needs of the owner come first. E360S is committed to being at the forefront of technological innovation and operational efficiency to maximize value for its customers.

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