February 26, 2019

Register for MHSW's  Wind Up Plan 
Consultation:  April 2, 2019 

As previously communicated, on Thursday, 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 framework under the  Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016. On December 11, 2018, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks amended the timelines for the wind up of single-use batteries to June 30, 2020. These letters can be found on the MHSW Wind Up web page.
In his direction letter, the Minister requires Stewardship Ontario to submit its proposed MHSW Wind Up Plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (the Authority) by June 30, 2019. The Minister anticipates that the Authority will approve the plan no later than December 31, 2019.
Consultation webinars
Stewardship Ontario is committed to operating the MHSW program without disruption until the wind up date, while delivering transparent communication and meaningful consultations with its stakeholders throughout the process. Two stakeholder-specific consultation webinars will be taking place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

During these webinars, Stewardship Ontario will review: 
  • The key objectives for winding up the MHSW program;
  • The proposed exit transition approach;
  • An overview of MHSW financing and the projected wind up budget;
  • Key wind up dates and reporting schedules for program participants; and
  • Other steps and elements Stewardship Ontario is proposing to wrap up the MHSW program in a manner consistent with ministerial direction and regulatory requirements.
Steward-focused consultation:
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. EST
Municipality and service provider-focused consultation:
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Presentations will be about an hour with plenty of time for Q&A. Webinar recordings, presentations and other meeting materials will be made available on the MHSW Wind Up web page.

Following the consultation webinars, stakeholders will have until Thursday, May 1, 2019, to submit written feedback.
If you have any questions, please email consultation@stewardshipontario.ca.
Kind regards,
Stewardship Ontario