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September 30, 2021: The MHSW – Orange Drop Program ceased operations on September 30, 2021, however Stewardship Ontario will continue to work with service providers and stewards to help them finalize arrangements related to the termination of the program.

The Blue Box and Orange Drop Programs

We’re a not-for-profit organization funded and governed by the industries that are the brand owners, first importers or franchisors of the products and packaging materials managed under our recycling programs. We operate the:

  • Blue Box – the curbside recycling program for printed paper and packaging.
  • We also operated Orange Drop – the recycling and safe disposal program for hazardous or special waste which ceased operations on September 30, 2021.

We touch the lives of Ontarians every day and work hard to keep many materials out of landfill, and to recover as much value as possible from these materials at the end of their useful life.

We strive to find new ways to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s consumer products. As a recycling company, it is our social responsibility to drive the future of recovery, collection and recycling initiatives in Ontario. It is not enough for us to concentrate our energies exclusively on collecting and sorting paper and packaging. We must also facilitate recycling partnerships. It’s why we do everything we can to ensure that the materials collected under our programs are transformed into new products right here in Ontario.

By taking this systemic view, we close the loop, the supply chain becomes circular instead of linear and, in the process, we create new green economy jobs. We also develop valuable business opportunities that benefit our province and our country, and we lower the cost of recycling for all involved. Plus, we conserve resources, reduce Ontario’s carbon emissions, and improve the health of our citizens.


Stewardship Ontario collects fees from Industry Stewards—the companies that are the brand owners, first importers or franchisors of the products and packaging materials that end up in curbside Blue Boxes. These fees help to fund the costs of collecting, transporting, recycling and safely disposing of waste across the province. Stewards share responsibility for the Blue Box Program with municipal government.


Stewardship Ontario operates the Blue Box and operated the Orange Drop Program under the authority of the The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016The organization receives no funding from government or taxpayers. Stewardship Ontario is designated in legislation as an “Industry Funding Organization” in order to make it clear that it is the responsibility of industry to fund stewardship programs for various wastes. Stewardship Ontario is accountable to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, an oversight, compliance, and enforcement organization. An annual report provides detailed performance results along with an audited financial statement for public review. Learn More


Stewardship Ontario is supported by Resource Recovery Alliance (RRA). RRA builds on the experience and expertise of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) to provide extended producer responsibility compliance solutions for producers in North America. RRA has over a decade of developing and supporting extended producer responsibility programs. For more information visit:


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