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.

How does the HSP Regulation affect you?

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The deadline in the HSP Regulation for service provider registration is July 31. The Authority recognizes that additional time for registration is needed. As the regulator responsible for enforcing the HSP Regulation, the Authority is giving service providers until August 31, 2021, to register.

Haulers and processors of solvents, paints and coatings, mercury-containing devices (barometers, thermometers and thermostats) and pressurized containers (non-refillable pressurized containers, refillable pressurized containers, refillable propane containers) must register. Haulers and disposal facilities of pesticides must also register.

The HSP regulation provides the following definitions:

  • An HSP hauler is a person who arranges for the transport of HSP that are used by consumers in Ontario and are destined for processing, reuse, refurbishing or disposal, but does not include a person who arranges for the transport of HSP initially generated by that person.
  • An HSP processor is a person who processes, for the purpose of resource recovery, HSP used by consumers in Ontario.
  • An HSP disposal facility means a facility at which pesticides are disposed of.

How to register with the Authority

If you are an HSP hauler, processor or disposal facility under the HSP Regulation, complete the registration form below and email it as an attachment to registry@rpra.ca.

HSP Regulation Registration Form – Service Providers

If you are unsure if you are an HSP hauler, processor or disposal facility under the HSP Regulation, contact us at registry@rpra.ca or (647) 496-0530 or toll free at (833) 600-0530.