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 Waste (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
- Solvents, paints and coatings
- Pressurized containers
- Non-refillable pressurized containers
- Refillable pressurized containers
- Refillable propane containers
- Mercury-containing devices
Mercury-containing devices were not designated under the MHSW program and are new materials designated under the HSP Regulation.
Signing up with a PRO
A producer responsibility organization, or PRO, is a business established to contract with producers to provide collection, management and administrative services to help producers meet their regulatory obligations under the HSP Regulation, including:
- Arranging, establishing or operating a collection or management system
- Arranging, establishing or operating a promotion and education system
- Preparing and submitting reports
The following PROs are registered with the Authority. Click the PRO’s name to view which HSP materials they offer services for and their contact information.
Offering services for oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze, paints and coatings, solvents, non-refillable pressurized containers, refillable propane containers, barometers, thermometers, and thermostats.
Offering services for oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze, solvents, paints and coatings, pesticides, fertilizers, non-refillable and refillable pressurized containers, refillable propane containers, barometers, thermometers and thermostats.
How does the HSP Regulation affect you?
Click the heading below to learn more about your requirements.
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 automotive materials (oil filters, oil containers and antifreeze), 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. 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 email@example.com.
If you are unsure if you are an HSP hauler, processor or disposal facility under the HSP Regulation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (647) 496-0530 or toll free at (833) 600-0530.
Detailed guidance, including requirements under the regulation, how to register and report with the Authority, will be provided well ahead of the deadlines.
|Haulers, Processors, HSP disposal facilities||Register with the Authority||August 31, 2021*|
|Producers||Collection, promotion, education and management||October 1, 2021|
|Producers||Register with the Authority||November 30, 2021*|
|PRO||Register with the Authority||Within 30 days of being retained by a producer|
|*The deadline in the HSP Regulation for service provider registration is July 31, 2021, and the deadline for producer registration is October 31, 2021. The Authority recognizes that additional time for registration is needed. Learn more. The date for establishing a collection and management system as well as the promotion and education requirement remains the same.|
MHSW Program wind up
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.
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.
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. The Authority approved the SO’s MHSW WUP: Program Extension Addendum, which outlines the necessary changes to the MHSW WUP, including required revisions to reporting deadlines for stakeholders and updated financial information in relation to the three-month extension of program operations. For more information about previous 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. The operation of the industry stewardship plans managed by the Automotive Materials Stewardship, Product Care Association and SodaStream will also continue to operate until the new wind up date. For operational inquiries, contact the following:
- Automotive Materials Stewardship for used antifreeze, oil filters and oil containers: email@example.com
- Product Care Association for paints and coatings, pesticides, solvents and fertilizers: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stewardship Ontario: email@example.com
- SodaStream for their proprietary refillable pressurized carbon dioxide cylinders: Contact page