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Recycling Tips

When buying any of the five products in the Orange Drop Program keep in mind the BUD rule:

  • Buy only what you need
  • Use it all up
  • Drop off the rest and we’ll recycle, reprocess or dispose of it safely

If you can’t avoid leftovers, follow these tips to gather and safely store Orange Drop materials in your home before taking them to your nearest drop-off location:

  • Handle products with care in a well-ventilated area and follow manufacturers’ instructions
  • Clean up spills with an absorbent material such as cat litter
  • Store materials in sealed containers with a secured lid
  • Store materials out of reach of animals and children
  • Store flammable materials away from sources of sparks, heat and light
  • Store incompatible products separately:
    • A plastic tub is a good place to collect spent batteries. Apply tape to the terminals of lithium batteries.
    • Store pressurized containers outside in an area where they are least likely to suffer from physical damage or tampering. When transporting, secure pressurized cylinders in an upright position on a flat surface.
    • Oil filters should be stored in a sealed bag.

Find a Drop Site for your Orange Drop materials at a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot, a special collection event or a return-to-retail location.

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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

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