The Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plan received approval from the Ministry of the Environment on February 19, 2008, and commenced on July 1, 2008.

This is the approval of the First Phase of the MHSW Program Plan and covers only the materials listed below: 

  • paints and stains and their containers; 
  • solvent such as thinners for paint, lacquer and contact cement, paint strippers and degreasers, and their containers;
  • used oil filters; 
  • oil containers of 30 litres or less for a wide range of oil products such as engine and marine oils, and hydraulic, power steering and transmission fluids; 
  • single use, dry cell batteries such as alkaline-manganese, zinc-carbon, lithium and button cell batteries (e.g. non-rechargeable batteries that are meant to be removed and replaced by the consumer);
  • automotive antifreeze (engine coolant) and related containers; 
  • pressurized containers such as propane tanks and cylinders;  
  •  fertilizers, for example, plant food or plant nutrients containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium (N-P-K); and 
  • fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides and their containers. 
Under the MHSW Program, municipalities that currently operate or plan to operate HHW depots or special events will, as of July 1, 2008, and provided they have entered into an agreement with Stewardship Ontario, have the processing, disposal and transportation costs of Phase 1 MHSW paid by industry. Municipalities that participate in the collection of these materials will bear those collection costs (i.e. costs to receive, sort, pack and manifest MHSW). Municipal participation in the program is voluntary with the onus on industry to ensure the diversion objectives outlined in the plan are met.

Phase two of the plan will soon be under development. It will include portable fire extinguishers, fluorescent lights, rechargeable batteries, pharmaceuticals, syringes and thermostats, and other measuring devices containing mercury.

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