New Regulatory Framework

Ontario’s new approach to managing Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), including automotive service materials, began in 2016 with the introduction of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act.

Instead of collective responsibility under a program plan, such as the AMS Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) that has been in operation since 2017, the Act introduces the principle of individual producer responsibility (IPR).

The Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulation issued June 8, 2021, creates new legal obligations for each producer to collect, manage, and/or promote the recycling or proper disposal of designated products at their end-of-life. The HSP Regulation clarifies the specific obligations for producers of oil filters, oil containers, antifreeze and antifreeze containers.

A key feature of the new regulatory framework is providing producers with options for meeting their recycling obligations:

  • Producers can establish their own recycling system; or
  • Producers can join a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) to carry out their regulatory responsibilities.

The AMS PRO begins operations October 1, 2021. See these pages for information about AMS advantages and making AMS your PRO.

For a summary of the regulatory change, review this FAQ.

Transition Timeline

  • November 2016 – Publication of the new Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA) that replaced with Waste Diversion and Transition Act (WDTA)
  • August 2019 – Regulatory transition for automotive service materials initiated with the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directing the wind up of Stewardship Ontario’s MHSW Program.
  • February 2021 – Draft HSP Regulation published by the Ministry with a 45-day consultation period.
  • March 2021 – AMS provided a submission to the Ministry that made various recommendations for revising the draft HSP Regulation
  • April 2021 – A direction letter from the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks adjusted the HSP Regulation transition date to October 1, 2021, from July 1, 2021.
  • June 2021 – Final HSP Regulation published by the Ministry
  • September 30, 2021 – AMS ISP and Stewardship Ontario’s MHSW Program cease operations

More information about the regulatory transition of automotive HSP is available on the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority website.

News and updates provided to AMS producers about the regulatory transition can be reviewed here.