The Authority consulted on Stewardship Ontario’s proposed Wind-Up Plan for the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program until November 21, 2019. You can review the Wind-Up Plan here.

Consultation sessions

The Authority is hosting several sessions over the consultation period to present key elements of the plan for feedback and to answer any questions you may have. The sessions are open to all MHSW Program participants, municipalities, the public and other interested stakeholders.

The sessions consist of a presentation that will explore key aspects of Stewardship Ontario’s proposed MHSW Wind-Up Plan and additional time for your questions.

We encourage you to participate to learn more about the wind up and transition of hazardous or special materials to the new regulatory framework for resource recovery, and what it means for you.

WhereDate and TimeLocationRegistration
EmailOctober 7 - November 21Email comments to: consultations@rpra.caNo registration required.
WebinarTuesday, October 22OnlinePresentation
Vaughan (GTA)Wednesday, October 23
Aloft Vaughan Mills, 151 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan Presentation
LondonTuesday, October 29
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre, 6675 Burtwhistle Lane, LondonPresentation
Smiths FallsTuesday, November 5
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, 71 Cornelia Street, Smiths FallsPresentation
North BayWednesday, November 6
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre, 700 Lakeshore Drive, North BayPresentation
DrydenTuesday, November 12
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Best Western Plus Dryden Hotel & Conference, 349 Government St, DrydenPresentation
WebinarFriday, November 15
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For municipal representatives participating in the Authority’s in-person consultation meetings, please be aware that immediately following the sessions the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) will be convening a meeting to provide an update on the Blue Box Program. The Authority, AMO and CIF are coordinating these meetings strictly for logistical reasons. AMO and CIF are not involved in the content or design of the Authority’s consultations on the proposed MHSW Wind-Up Plan and the Authority has no role in the content or design of AMO and CIF’s update on the Blue Box Program. For more information about AMO and CIF’s Blue Box Program update, please email Amber Crawford at


In April 2018, the then Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directed the wind up of the MHSW Program on December 31, 2020 as per the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016. Following wind up, hazardous or special materials will transition to the new, mandatory individual producer responsibility (IPR) framework under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

In December 2018, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) amended the timeline for the wind up of the single-use batteries component of the MHSW Program to June 30, 2020.

In July 2019, the Minister issued new directions including extending the timeline to wind up the MHSW Program to June 30, 2021; the Batteries Program wind up remains June 30, 2020.

Stewardship Ontario submitted its proposed MHSW Wind-Up Plan to the Authority by the September 30, 2019 deadline set by the Minister. As part of the wind-up process, the Minister directed the Authority to consult on the proposed plan before considering approval. As directed by the Minister, the Authority anticipates its approval of the plan by the end of the year.