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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 (MECP) amended the timelines for the wind up of single-use batteries, stating the waste diversion program for single-use batteries would cease operation on June 30, 2020 to allow for coordination with waste electrical and electronic equipment.

On July 2, 2019, Stewardship Ontario received further direction from the MECP regarding the wind up of the MHSW Program. The new direction letter amendments are summarized below:

  • The program to manage all designated materials except single-use batteries will now cease operation on June 30, 2021 instead of December 31, 2020.
  • The program to manage single-use batteries will continue to cease operation on June 30, 2020.
  • Stewardship Ontario is to develop a proposal to return surplus funds to Ontario consumers of MHSM in its proposed Wind Up Plan:
    • For MHSM categories whose recovery is managed by Stewardship Ontario, the plan will set out rules governing a fee elimination during the wind up period;
    • For MHSM categories that are managed through industry stewardship plans, the plan will include options to return surplus funds to MHSM consumers, for example, through a consumer rebate program.
  • Stewardship Ontario is to submit a revised Wind Up Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) by September 30, 2019.
  • The Minister anticipates RPRA will approve the Plan no later than December 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please email

Phase I Consultations

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


Feedback was to be submitted by May 1, 2019 and was extremely valuable as we finalized our proposed Wind Up Plan.

Phase II Consultations

We consulted on MHSW Wind Up Plan proposals consistent with the July 2 direction from the Minister in August. Topics included new timelines for the program’s termination, the implementation of a fee elimination for some MHSW categories and proposed options for the return of surplus funds to Ontario consumers of MHSM.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Click here to view the Q&A from both consultation webinars.

Phase II Feedback

Feedback was accepted until Friday, August 30, 2019 in order for Stewardship Ontario to finalize its MHSW Wind Up Plan and submit to the RPRA by the Minister’s September 30, 2019 deadline.

Key dates for developing the MHSW Wind Up Plan

  • April 2, 2019 – Phase I consultation webinars with MHSW stakeholders.
  • May 1, 2019 – Stakeholder feedback on the content of the MHSW Wind Up Plan due.
  • August 14 & 20, 2019 – Phase II consultation webinars with MHSW stakeholders.
  • August 30, 2019 – Stakeholder feedback on August consultation webinars due.
  • September 30, 2019 – Stewardship Ontario submits proposal for MHSW Wind Up Plan to RPRA for approval.
  • December 31, 2019 – As per Ministerial Direction, anticipated date by which RPRA will approve the MHSW Wind Up Plan.
  • June 30, 2020 – Program termination date for batteries.
  • June 30, 2021 – Program termination date for remaining MHSW materials.



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