Ontario residents can safely dispose of single-use batteries through the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program. Stewardship Ontario is the not-for-profit, industry funding organization that operates the MHSW (“Orange Drop”) Program on behalf of industry stewards. The Orange Drop Program operates a network of collection sites where residents can safely dispose of hazardous household products.

Minister’s direction on single-use batteries

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 directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the program for single-use batteries on June 30, 2020. Read the letter.

This change will allow for a coordinated policy approach with the wind up of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program.

Until the wind-up date, Stewardship Ontario will continue to operate the waste diversion program for single-use batteries without disruption.

New batteries regulation

The Government of Ontario is currently developing new regulations for specified electrical and electronic equipment and batteries under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. The Authority will be the regulator mandated by the government to enforce the requirements of the regulations when they take effect.

The new regulations will support the transition of existing waste diversion programs for waste electronics and batteries to a new system that makes producers environmentally accountable and financially responsible for their products at end-of-life.

The Government consulted on the proposed regulations between May and June 2019. You can review the proposed regulations on the Environmental Registry of Ontario. The proposed regulations outline several requirements, including:

  • Establishing collection networks
  • Achieving resource recovery (i.e. reduction, reuse and recycling) targets
  • Educating consumers
  • Registering with and reporting to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority
  • Other requirements, including record keeping and third-party audits

The proposal also expands the current designated categories of batteries to include:

  • Small single use batteries weighing 5 kilograms or less
  • Small rechargeable batteries weighing 5 kilograms or less
  • Large batteries weighing more than 5 kilograms.

Information related to the wind-up of the current waste diversion program for single-use batteries and implementation of the new batteries regulation will be posted as it becomes available.