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The End of Summer, The Start of More Recycling!

September 11, 2014

From the sun-soaked afternoons in the big city to the rodeos and hoedowns in the big country – the Orange Drop summer tour has been an absolute blast. We experienced a true Ontario summer as we made our way through summer festivities across the province. With breathtaking views and sunshine to spare, this was our best summer tour yet!

Importantly, we had the chance to speak one-on-one with Ontario residents about recycling household hazardous waste. We were especially impressed by residents who participated in the “Sort the Waste” game (including many brainiac kids!) who were able to tell us which materials are recycled where. Interaction was fantastic and we engaged with over 52,000 fun and energetic people!

We also had amazing participation in our “My Drop Pledge” Twitter contest where residents pledged to make a positive change in their recycling habits. We gave away 12 $100 gift cards and had over 360 contest entries!

This year marked our first-time visits to many festivals, such as Scotiabank Buskerfest and the Redpath Waterfront Festival, where we were able to speak with residents about recycling household hazardous waste. Most residents were actively willing to take the time to recycle the materials properly – but didn’t know where to drop them off! We provided them with a link to our website to find one of over 4,800 convenient drop-off locations throughout Ontario.

All-in-all, this was an amazing experience that our team will never forget. We were thrilled to see how passionate Ontarians are about recycling and how committed they are to keeping this province beautiful.

Summer may be over, but our quest to educate Ontarians on recycling household hazardous waste is far from over. Be sure to look out for us at events this fall and visit our website for locations and times.

See you all next year!


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.

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About Us

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.


Wind up of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program
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October 29, 2019 - 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 p