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Sparking a Positive Change

September 22, 2014

If you live in Ontario, you’ve probably seen our fall promotional campaign about recycling batteries. Last year, our campaign helped to increase battery recycling by over 30%[1] and we hope to spark an even bigger change in 2014!

Our message is simple: Please recycle your batteries. Many Ontarians don’t know where to recycle their batteries safely and some consumers aren’t even aware that they can be recycled at all. Our goal is to educate Ontarians on the benefits of recycling their batteries and how to find one of 17,000 convenient drop-off locations. Need to find a location near you? Click here to use our simple Orange Drop Locator – it can’t get any easier!

Each year, hundreds of thousands of batteries are sent to landfill. By recycling them instead, you can help a battery find a new life as a recycled product. One of the coolest uses of recycled batteries is to turn them into micro-nutrients, a unique fertilizer used to grow corn. Think about that the next time you’re biting into a delicious corn-on-the-cob!

Orange Drop is committed to providing residents with a free, safe and convenient way to recycle their batteries and other household hazardous waste. For more information, click here.

If you haven’t seen our ads yet, check them out below and share them with your family and friends. Make a positive change – take your used batteries to a drop-off location today!

[1] Q4 YTD 2012 and Q4 YTD 2013

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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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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.

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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