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.
- Minister’s letter to Stewardship Ontario directing wind up of the MHSW Program – April 12, 2018
- Addendum to the Minister’s direction letter to wind up the MHSW Program – April 12, 2018
- Minister’s letter to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority re: wind up of the MHSW Program – April 12, 2018
- Minister’s direction letter amending single-use battery wind up timelines – December 11, 2018
Please note: these letters replace a previous version that contained an administrative error.
Stewardship Ontario is committed to operating the MHSW program without disruption until the wind up date. Details about the wind up and consultation materials will be posted on the Stewardship Ontario website as they become available.
We look forward to working with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, stewards, municipalities, service providers and other affected stakeholders as we develop the wind-up plan.
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