The Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program allows Ontario residents to safely dispose of household products that require special handling, such as single-use batteries and propane tanks. Industry stewardship organizations are responsible for recovering additional hazardous waste products, including automotive materials; paints and coatings; pesticides, solvents and fertilizers; and proprietary carbon dioxide cylinders.

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program

Stewardship Ontario is the not-for-profit, industry funding organization that operates Ontario’s Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (“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, such as single-use batteries and propane tanks.

Automotive materials
Automotive Materials Stewardship is the industry stewardship organization that manages the collection, recycling, and management of used antifreeze, oil filters and oil containers.

Paints, pesticides, solvents and fertilizers
Product Care Association is the industry stewardship organization that operates industry-funded stewardship plans for paints and coatings, pesticides, solvents, and fertilizers. Their ReGeneration programs operate collection sites where Ontario residents can safely dispose of these items.

SodaStream Cylinders
SodaStream Canada operates the industry stewardship plan for their proprietary refillable pressurized carbon dioxide cylinders.

MHSW Program wind up

In April 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change directed Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program on December 31, 2020. This will enable the transition of hazardous or special waste to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

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 (IFOs) responsible for managing those programs.

Program and IFO wind ups are initiated by the Ontario Government so that materials can transition to individual producer responsibility under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. The IFO must develop a wind-up plan for the Authority’s approval that is consistent with the Minister’s directions, and with the WDTA and its regulations. The Authority is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the wind-up plan. Read the Authority’s Wind-Up Guide.

Information related to the program wind up and future consultations will be posted on the Authority’s website when available. Until the wind-up date, the MHSW Program will continue to operate 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:

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. This change will allow for a coordinated policy approach with the wind up of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program on June 30, 2020.  Read the letter.

All other deadlines outlined in Stewardship Ontario’s wind-up letter from April 2018 remain in place. Stewardship Ontario must submit a wind-up plan to the Authority no later than June 30, 2019 and the remaining designated wastes under the MHSW Program will wind up on December 31, 2020.