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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.

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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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