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Development of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Wind Up Plan


On April 12, 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued direction to Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program by December 31, 2020. Upon wind up, materials collected under the MHSW Program will be managed according to an individual producer responsibility (IPR) framework under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.

On December 11, 2018, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks amended the timelines for the wind up of single-use batteries. The waste diversion program for single-use batteries will now cease operation on June 30, 2020, to allow for coordination with waste electrical and electronic equipment. Programs for other MHSW materials will continue to cease operation on December 31, 2020.

Stewardship Ontario is developing the MHSW Wind Up Plan for submission to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (the Authority) by June 30, 2019. The Authority will then consult with stakeholders on the contents of the submitted plan and it is anticipated the Authority will approve the plan no later than December 31, 2019.

While developing the MHSW Wind Up Plan, Stewardship Ontario is committed to transparent communication and meaningful consultations with its stakeholders. As per Ministerial Direction, the Wind Up Plan will not adversely affect Ontario’s current or future marketplace. The Plan will outline steps that Stewardship Ontario will take to Wind Up the MHSW program in a manner that minimizes disruption for both stakeholders and consumers.

Consultation webinars

Two stakeholder-specific webinar consultations took place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. During these webinars, Stewardship Ontario reviewed:

  • The key objectives for winding up the MHSW program;
  • The proposed exit transition approach;
  • An overview of MHSW financing and the projected wind up budget;
  • Key wind up dates and reporting schedules for program participants; and
  • Other steps and elements Stewardship Ontario is proposing to wrap up the MHSW program in a manner consistent with ministerial direction and regulatory requirements.

Steward-focused consultation

Municipality, First Nations communities and service provider-focused consultation

Please contact if you have any questions and to send your updated contact information if you are not receiving Stewardship Ontario emails.

Feedback due May 1, 2019

Thank you to those who submitted feedback by the May 1 deadline. Your feedback is extremely valuable as we finalize our proposed Wind Up Plan before submitting to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) by June 30, 2019.
Feedback was able to be submitted using one of the following methods:

Key dates for developing the MHSW Wind Up Plan

  • April 2, 2019 – Consultation webinars with MHSW stakeholders.
  • May 1, 2019 – Stakeholder feedback on the content of the MHSW Wind Up Plan due.
  • June 30, 2019 – Stewardship Ontario submits proposal for MHSW Wind Up Plan to the Authority for approval.
  • December 31, 2019 – As per Ministerial Direction, anticipated date by which the Authority will approve the MHSW Wind Up Plan.
  • June 30, 2020 – Program termination date for batteries.
  • December 31, 2020 – Program termination date for remaining MHSW materials.



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