The Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulation under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) designates automotive materials (oil filters, oil containers and antifreeze), solvents, paints and coatings, pesticides, fertilizers, mercury-containing devices (barometers, thermometers and thermostats) and pressurized containers (non-refillable pressurized containers, refillable pressurized containers, refillable propane containers), under Ontario’s individual producer responsibility (IPR) regulatory framework.

IPR makes producers accountable for their products and packaging once consumers are finished with them; sets mandatory and enforceable requirements for resource recovery; and gives producers choices for resource recovery services in a competitive market.

On September 30, 2021, the operation of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Products (MHSW) Program operated by Stewardship Ontario will cease and starting October 1, 2021, HSP producers will be individually accountable and financially responsible for requirements set out under the regulation.

Materials included in the regulation:

  • Automotive materials
    • Oil filters
    • Oil containers
    • Antifreeze
  • Solvents, paints and coatings
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Pressurized containers
    • Non-refillable pressurized containers
    • Refillable pressurized containers
    • Refillable propane containers
  • Mercury-containing devices
    • Barometers
    • Thermometers
    • Thermostats

Mercury-containing devices were not designated under the MHSW program and are new materials designated under the HSP Regulation.

Upcoming dates in the HSP Regulation

Detailed guidance, including requirements under the regulation, how to register and report with the Authority, will be provided well ahead of the deadlines.

RegistrantRequirementDate
Haulers, Processors, HSP disposal facilitiesRegister with the AuthorityJuly 31, 2021
ProducersCollection, promotion, education and managementOctober 1, 2021
ProducersRegister with the AuthorityOctober 31, 2021
PRORegister with the AuthorityWithin 30 days of being retained by a producer

MHSW Program wind up

Overview

On April 12, 2018, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed SO to wind up the MHSW Program to enable the transition of hazardous or special materials to the individual producer responsibility (IPR) regulatory framework outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA).

The IPR regulatory framework makes producers accountable for their products and packaging once consumers are finished with them; sets mandatory and enforceable requirements for resource recovery; and gives producers choices for resource recovery services in a competitive market.

The operation of the MHSW Program for all designated materials will cease on September 30, 2021, and starting October 1, 2021, these materials will be subject to IPR requirements under the RRCEA. The program for single-use batteries wound up on June 30, 2020, and on July 1, 2020, requirements for single-use and rechargeable batteries were transitioned to the Batteries Regulation. Visit our Batteries program page for more information.

The MHSW Program had previously been directed to wind up on June 30, 2021, but in April 2021, the wind-up date was extended to September 30, 2021, by Minister’s direction. Visit SO’s website and the Authority’s consultation page for more information on the consultations they held on the extended wind-up.

Wind-up plan

Under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA), the Authority is responsible for overseeing the orderly wind up of current waste diversion programs and the industry funding organizations responsible for managing those programs.

On December 27, 2019, the Authority approved SO’s MHSW Wind-up Plan with conditions. Read the approval letter. In 2020, the Authority approved two addendums to the Wind Up Plan related to the distribution of residual funds and surplus funds that SO was directed by the Minister to develop. For more information about the MHSW consultations, visit the past consultations page.

Until the wind-up on September 30, 2021, SO will continue to operate the MHSW program 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: