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…cipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program (known to consumers as the Orange Drop program) from 2008 until it ceased operations in September 2021. Information about the MHSW wind up is available here. The Blue Box Program Plan was designed as a funding program for packaging and printed paper managed in municipally run Blue Box services. The Program Plan required producers (or stewards) to fund up to 50% of municipal net operating costs to man…

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…les and special wastes. The current Blue Box Program is transitioning to full producer responsibility, with the first Ontario communities due to shift to the new regulatory framework in the second half of 2023. Between 2008 and 2021, Stewardship Ontario also operated the MHSW Program (also known as Orange Drop) for recycling and safe disposal of certain hazardous or special wastes. The MHSW Program ceased operations in September 2021, as planned, …

MHSW Wind Up

…er Addendum MHSW Program Extension Addendum MHSW Steward Rules During Wind Up RPRA Approvals MHSW Wind Up Plan Residual Funds Addendum ISO Surplus Funds Transfer Addendum MHSW Program Extension Addendum Historical MHSW (Orange Drop) Program Information Consolidated MHSW Program Plan: Volume I: Overview of program design, steward obligations, costs and delivery Volume II: Material Category Plans  Stewardship Ontario Annual Reports …

MHSW Single-use battery program winds up June 30, 2020

…le-use battery related incentives (depot hours and collection events). All Orange Drop branding should be removed from collection sites. Battery depot hour payments end. July 15, 2020: Deadline for pick-up of single-use batteries that were collected by June 30, 2020. August 31, 2020: Final submission deadline for municipal and service provider incentive claims. Please visit the MHSW Wind Up webpage for all information related to the implementation…

Stewardship Ontario Institutes New Governance and Staffing Model to prepare to Move Toward Full Producer Responsibility

…etplace for packaging and printed paper. As custodians of the Blue Box and Orange Drop (MHSW) programs, the Stewardship Ontario Board takes pride in fulfilling our mandate to the highest standard. The Board of Directors looks forward to developing a wind up plan and consulting with all stakeholders as it designs an approach for winding up Stewardship Ontario and the Blue Box Program Plan in accordance with the Minister’s August 15, 2019 direction …

2014 Stewardship Ontario Annual Report

… It has been another busy year for the organization as it continues its efforts to support recycling in the province through the Blue Box Program and the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program, or Orange Drop as Ontario residents know it. …

2011 Stewardship Ontario Annual Report

…sider it the main driver of recycling in the province. This past year, our Orange Drop Program continued to step beyond the box to broaden the scope of consumer recycling. The program has become increasingly visible and accessible in our communities, responding to the public appetite for eco-initiatives and further driving awareness of the need to consign hazardous and special waste products and packaging so they can be safely and responsibly mana…

2010 Stewardship Ontario Annual Report

…rgets for the Blue Box Program for the seventh consecutive year — surpassing our target of 60 per cent by over five per cent. We met or exceeded collection and recycling targets for five of the nine materials in what was just the second year of Phase 1 of the Orange Drop Program (MHSW). Further, we’re pleased that we built the organizational capacity needed to deliver against increasingly complex program requirements while maintaining sound financ…