The Authority conducted two rounds of consultations on Stewardship Ontario’s (SO) Wind-Up Plan for the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program:
- Between October 7, 2019 and November 21, 2019, the Authority held consultations on SO’s proposed MHSW Wind-Up Plan.
- And, between January 20, 2020 and January 31, 2020, the Authority consulted on SO’s Residual Funds Addendum to the MHSW Wind-Up Plan
The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the MHSW Program to enable the transition of hazardous or special waste to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. The Minister directed operation of the MHSW program for all designated materials except single-use batteries to cease on June 30, 2021. The single-use battery program was directed to cease operations on June 30, 2020.
Stewardship Ontario submitted its proposed wind-up plan to the Authority by the September 30, 2019 deadline set by the Minister. Between October and November 2019, the Authority consulted on the plan with municipalities, stewards and other affected stakeholders.
On December 20, 2019, the Minister issued a direction letter to the Authority and SO clarifying how MHSW residual funds should be managed once the program winds up.
On December 27, 2019, the Authority approved the SO MHSW Wind Up Plan with conditions, one of which relates to the December 20, 2019 Minister’s direction: “SO shall revise any sections of the Plan that refer to or deal with the management of residual funds to ensure consistency with the Minister’s direction received on December 20, 2019 and shall submit the revised Wind Up Plan to the Authority for approval.”
As a result of the Minister’s direction, SO submitted a proposed Residual Funds Addendum to the MHSW Wind-Up Plan to the Authority. The Addendum was assessed for compliance with the WDTA, consistency with the Minister’s direction and conformance to the Authority’s Wind-Up Guide. The Minister noted his expectation that the revisions to the Plan be approved by the Authority no later than February 29, 2020.
As part of its assessment process, the Authority consulted on the proposed Residual Funds Addendum from January 20, 2020 until January 31, 2020.
The Authority approved the addendum on February 20, 2020.
For more details see:
SO’s Residual Funds Addendum to the MHSW WUP
RPRA approval of the Residual Funds Addendum
RPRA Consultation Report on the MHSW WUP
RPRA Consultation Report on the Residual Funds Addendum
MHSW Wind-Up Plan
RPRA approval letter with conditions
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.
|Where||Date and Time||Location||Registration|
|October 7 - November 21||Email comments to: email@example.com||No registration required.|
|Webinar||Tuesday, October 22||Online||Presentation
|Vaughan (GTA)||Wednesday, October 23||Aloft Vaughan Mills, 151 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan||Presentation|
|London||Tuesday, October 29 |
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
|Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre, 6675 Burtwhistle Lane, London||Presentation|
|Smiths Falls||Tuesday, November 5|
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
|Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, 71 Cornelia Street, Smiths Falls||Presentation|
|North Bay||Wednesday, November 6|
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
|Best Western North Bay Hotel & Conference Centre, 700 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay||Presentation|
|Dryden||Tuesday, November 12|
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
|Best Western Plus Dryden Hotel & Conference, 349 Government St, Dryden||Presentation|
|Webinar||Friday, 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.
Ahead of the Authority’s approval of SO’s Residual Funds Addendum to the MHSW Wind-Up Plan, the Authority held consultations on the proposed plan in January 2020. Due to the short time permitted by the date by which the Minister noted his expectation that the MHSW Wind Up Plan amendments would be approved by the Authority, the consultation period was necessarily brief. The Authority emailed its general mailing list on January 8, 2020 to provide initial notification of the consultation. On January 20, 2020, SO’s proposed Residual Funds Addendum to the MHSW Wind-Up Plan was posted to the Authority’s website and an email notifying stakeholders of the posting was sent to all stakeholders who had participated in the consultation on the MHSW Program Wind-Up Plan in 2019. A webinar was held on January 22 and the presentation materials and recording were posted to the Authority’s website and comments were received until January 31, 2020. Read the consultation report here.