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New Mobile App Turns Used Batteries into Funding for Environmental Charities

Stewardship Ontario Challenges Ontarians to Help Reach Goal of 50,000 Batteries Collected before we Turn Back the Clock

TORONTO, October 16, 2012 – As a kick off to Waste Reduction Week , Stewardship Ontario is empowering all Ontarians to make every battery count by encouraging participation in a battery drive to benefit environmental charities in Ontario. Ontarians are encouraged to find their nearest drop-off location using a new mobile app that enables them to record their participation and choose either EcoSpark or Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre as the recipient of a donation. These charities were chosen for their efforts in preserving Ontario’s natural resources and helping to reinforce the positive environmental impact of proper battery disposal.

Stewardship Ontario will donate $0.30 per battery, up to a maximum of $15,000, for drop-offs made before November 4th.

“Ontarians know that switching the clock back an hour means replacing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and we think this is a perfect time to re-charge our collective thinking on battery recycling,” said Paul Gerard, spokesman for Stewardship Ontario, the private not-for-profit company that runs the Orange Drop program. “Our new mobile app is a win-win for Ontarians, making it easier than ever before to recycle their batteries at one of our over 2,000 locations, protect the environment and help raise money for deserving charities.”

According to a recent poll, nearly all (95 per cent) of Ontarians who currently throw batteries in the trash said they would be somewhat likely to change their ways if it was easier for them to recycle.

During Waste Reduction Week Canadians are encouraged to take action by adopting more environmentally conscious choices, with this year’s theme being “Too Good To Waste”. This certainly holds true for batteries – valuable resources are recovered when they are dropped off for recycling.

To download the app and to find out where to make a drop, visit

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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.


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