The Authority will be holding a webinar consultation on January 22, 2020 at 2 pm on Stewardship Ontario’s proposed plan for residual funds following the wind up of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program on June 30, 2021. Register here.

In December 2019, the Authority approved Stewardship Ontario’s Wind Up Plan for the MHSW Program. As part of its approval, the Authority directed Stewardship Ontario to revise any sections of the approved MHSW Wind-Up Plan that deal with the management of residual funds to ensure consistency with the Minister’s directions on residual funds received on December 20, 2019. SO is required to submit the revised sections to the Authority for its approval by February 29, 2020.

For more details see:

MHSW Wind-up Plan
RPRA approval letter with conditions
MHSW program page

Prior to the Authority’s approval of SO’s MHSW Wind Up Plan, the Authority held consultations on the proposed plan between October and November 2019.  The Authority held several sessions over the consultation period that were open to all MHSW Program participants, municipalities, the public and other interested stakeholders. Read the consultation report here.

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.

The Authority’s in-person consultation sessions were held in conjunction with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Continuous Improvement Fund (CIF) Fall Blue Box Updates. The Authority, AMO and CIF coordinated these meetings strictly for logistical reasons. AMO and CIF were not involved in the content or design of the Authority’s consultations on the proposed MHSW Wind-Up Plan and the Authority had no role in the content or design of AMO and CIF’s update on the Blue Box Program.


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. The Authority approved the plan in December 2019 with conditions.