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New Campaign Encourages Ontarians to Get Busy Recycling Batteries

April 5, 2013

Stewardship Ontario has today launched an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging residents to recycle their used batteries.

As part of the Orange Drop Program, which collects hazardous or special waste, Stewardship Ontario has had a series of adverts produced that will appear on transit in the GTA, on billboards, in newspapers and on radio over the next three months, pointing residents to visit www.makethedrop.ca to locate their nearest drop-off site for batteries.

By recycling batteries, you are ensuring that the valuable metals and components in spent batteries can be reclaimed for re-use to make new metals, fertilizers and even new batteries, and with over 2,500 drop-off locations for single-use battery recycling across the province, there’s no excuse not to recycle your spent batteries.

Learn more about the types of batteries you can recycle through Orange Drop

View sample ads

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Make Each Battery Count Campaign

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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.

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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.

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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

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