Under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016, we oversee four waste diversion programs- Blue Box, Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), Used Tires, and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)- and their eventual wind up. Learn more about each of the programs by clicking below.

Blue Box Program

Recyclable materials- such as paper, glass, plastic and aluminum- are collected from residences in over 240 municipalities and First Nations communities as part of Ontario’s Blue Box Program. Stewardship Ontario is the not-for-profit, industry funding organization that operates Ontario’s Blue Box Program on behalf of industry stewards (first importers, brand owners or franchisors) of packaging and printed paper that end up in residential blue boxes.

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Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program

The Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste 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.

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Used Tires Program

The Used Tires Program is operated by Ontario Tire Stewardship to keep passenger and light truck, medium truck and off-the-road tires out of landfills so that they can be reused and recycled.

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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program

End-of-life electronics, from smartphones and tablets to photocopiers and desktop computers, are managed through the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship. The program allows residents and businesses to safely dispose of electronics at authorized collection depots, return-to-retail locations and at special collection events.

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