The Orange Drop Program provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of convenient drop-off sites accepts five materials. The objective of the Orange Drop Program is to recover and recycle, or safely dispose of, these materials to ensure they don’t end up in landfills, or poured down sewers and drains.
Through Orange Drop, you can return any of the program’s five designated materials to your Municipal Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot, to collection events, to many retailers (batteries), to automotive locations (oil containers, oil filters and antifreeze) and, in the case of non-refillable pressurized containers, to a large number of Ontario Parks.
Orange Drop Facts
Charges at Point of Sale
The Orange Drop Program is fully funded by industry under a model called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The businesses that produce and market the products managed under the Orange Drop program cover the program costs of collection and management once the consumer has finished using their product. Individual stewards and retailers determine how they treat these costs within their supply chain and whether they wish to recoup or absorb those costs as they do with other supply chain costs. These brand owners may choose to pass the cost of paying for the program on to retailers, who, in turn, may choose to show a fee separately at point of sale. Stewardship Ontario and Automotive Materials Stewardship do not make decisions about how retailers price their products.
Our research shows that children and young people really influence the product comsumption and recycling behaviours of their parents. So, we gear many of our Orange Drop Events to this age group. We make sure that we participate in events where we can meet you and share our enthusiasm about recycling.
In 2010, our Orange Drop Tour took part in 86 events throughout the province, with a combined attendance of over 4.7 million people. Take a look at a few snapshots of some of the many events we’ve attended over the past few years: