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What is Orange Drop?

The Orange Drop Program provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of convenient drop-off sites accepts five materials. The objective of the Orange Drop Program is to recover and recycle, or safely dispose of, these materials to ensure they don’t end up in landfills, or poured down sewers and drains.

Through Orange Drop, you can return any of the program’s five designated materials to your Municipal Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot, to collection events, to many retailers (batteries), to automotive locations (oil containers, oil filters and antifreeze) and, in the case of non-refillable pressurized containers, to a large number of Ontario Parks.

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Charges at Point of Sale

The Orange Drop Program is fully funded by industry under a model called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The businesses that produce and market the products managed under the Orange Drop program cover the program costs of collection and management once the consumer has finished using their product. Individual stewards and retailers determine how they treat these costs within their supply chain and whether they wish to recoup or absorb those costs as they do with other supply chain costs. These brand owners may choose to pass the cost of paying for the program on to retailers, who, in turn, may choose to show a fee separately at point of sale. Stewardship Ontario and Automotive Materials Stewardship do not make decisions about how retailers price their products.

Consumer Engagement

Our research shows that children and young people really influence the product comsumption and recycling behaviours of their parents. So, we gear many of our Orange Drop Events to this age group. We make sure that we participate in events where we can meet you and share our enthusiasm about recycling.

In 2010, our Orange Drop Tour took part in 86 events throughout the province, with a combined attendance of over 4.7 million people. Take a look at a few snapshots of some of the many events we’ve attended over the past few years:

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.

Event Calendar

Dorset – Ridout Ward Transfer Station
Ridout Ward Transfer Station 21909 Ontario 35 Dorset P0A 1E0 Canada
June 22, 2019 1pm - 5pm

Dwight Transfer Station
Dwight Transfer Station 1020 Oxtongue Rapids Park Road Dwight P0A 1H0 Canada
July 18, 2019 9am - 2pm

West Guilford landfill Site
West Guilford landfill Site 11903 Ontario 118 K0M 1J1 Canada
September 21st, 2019  9am - 3pm 

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.

Blog

September Contest: Enter to win Toronto Maple Leafs tickets!
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September 5, 2019 - We’re gearing up for the NHL season with our latest contest. Open to Ontario residents and running from September 5 to 30, 2019, the prize is one pair of two (2) tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game; 1 winner total. To enter, residents need to name the materials in the official contest image that are not accepted in the Orange Drop program. Participants can enter either via the official Facebook contest page or by replying to the contest tweet on Twitter. Visit our Facebook page or Twitter page to find the post. The rules and regulations for the contest are accessible here.