Ontarians are avid recyclers, but according to research findings from Stewardship Ontario, proper disposal of batteries isn’t top of mind for many households. In fact, more than a third of Ontarians (35 per cent) say they typically dispose of batteries by throwing them in the garbage or putting them in their Blue Box, where batteries aren’t accepted.
Almost 85 per cent of Ontarians have access to 87 Municipal Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) depots, which makes disposing of hazardous or special waste easier than ever before. Additional Orange Drop locations are situated at retail stores, auto-body shops and provincial parks. Plus, municipalities host more than 300 collection events across the province each year to ensure that all Ontario residents have access to Orange Drop collection opportunities.
What Happens to my Waste?
The Orange Drop program safely manages five materials to end-of-life, diverting harmful substances from landfill and waterways. Many of the materials collected through the Orange Drop Program, such as pressurized containers and batteries are reprocessed, refurbished or reused to make new products—easing the demand for energy and virgin resources.
The five materials in the Orange Drop program are managed by Stewardship Ontario (batteries & pressurized containers) and Automotive Materials Stewardship (antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters).
Stewardship Ontario and Automotive Materials Stewardship are both not-for-profit organizations 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.
At Orange Drop, we strive to find new ways to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s consumer products.