07/25/2008

The Minister of the Environment requested Phases 2 and 3 Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plans and amended direction on Phase 1 to provide for full producer responsibility.
Background:

The first Phase of MHSW was approved by the Minister of the Environment in February 2008 and implementation was commenced on July 1, 2008. The material covered in this 1st phase includes paints and stains and their containers, solvents such as thinners for paint, lacquer and contact cement, paint strippers and degreasers and their containers, used oil filters, single use dry cell batteries, pressurized containers such as propane tanks and cylinders, and a number of other products. At this time, municipalities that currently operate or plan to operate MHSW depots or special events for Phase 1 materials will, as of July 1, 2008, - provided they have entered into an agreement with Stewardship Ontario by December 15, 2008 - have the processing, disposal and transportation costs of Phase 1 MHSW paid by industry. According to the approved Phase 1 Program Plan, the costs of collection (i.e., costs to receive, sort and pack MHSW) remain a municipal responsibility.   

New direction has been issued by the Minister of the Environment on July 22, 2008.

AMO is extremely pleased that the Minister has given direction to amend the Phase 1 MHSW Plan, which was approved in February of 2008, to shift full responsibility to the stewards including all costs from collection through to final diversion or disposal of the MHSW materials.

The direction issued by the Minister of the Environment on July 22, 2008 also gave direction to Waste Diversion Ontario to proceed with the development of Phases 2 and 3 of the MHSW Plan which, when developed, approved and implemented, will cover all remaining materials as defined by the regulation designating “municipal or hazardous waste” under the Waste Diversion Act. The Phase 2 Program Plan is to be submitted to the Minister by March 2, 2009 and Phase 3 is to be submitted by August 31, 2009.  

AMO is pleased to advise that funding for Phases 2 and 3 will also be the full responsibility of the stewards including all costs from collection through to final diversion or disposal of these MHSW materials.

The amendments to the Phase 1 MHSW Plan will proceed concurrently with development of the Phase 2 Plan and an amended Phase 1 MHSW Plan is to be submitted to the Minister by March 2, 2009. 

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