On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued direction to Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program on December 31, 2020. This wind up will allow the transition of materials collected under the program to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

Information related to the program wind up and future consultations will be posted to this page when available. Until the wind-up date, the MHSW Program will continue to operate without disruption. This includes the operation of the industry stewardship plans managed by the Automotive Materials Stewardship, Product Care Association and SodaStream. For operational enquiries, contact the following:

Minister issues new direction to Stewardship Ontario

On December 11, 2018 the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks amended the timelines associated with the wind up of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program.

The Minister has directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the program for single-use batteries on June 30, 2020. This change will allow for a coordinated policy approach with the wind up of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program on June 30, 2020.

All other deadlines outlined in Stewardship Ontario’s wind-up letter from April 2018 remain in place. Stewardship Ontario must submit a wind-up plan to the Authority no later than June 30, 2019 and the remaining designated wastes under the MHSW Program will wind up on December 31, 2020. Read the letter.