News & Updates

February 27, 2019

Stewardship Ontario MHSW Wind Up Consultation Information

As per direction from the Minister, Stewardship Ontario is holding a service provider-focused consultation webinar on proposed elements of its proposed MHSW Wind Up Plan on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST.  The plan is to be submitted by June 30, 2019 and will detail how the wind up will be completed by December 31, 2020.  Read more »

September 27, 2018

AMS 2019 fee rates

The board of Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) on September 26 approved 2019 fee rates. With the exception of a decrease in the rate for small oil filters, rates for all other material categories are unchanged from 2018.

The 2019 fee rates apply to the sales quantities for the period January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019 (Q1).  Read more »

June 29, 2018

2017 Annual Report

AMS is pleased to share with you our first annual report showcasing our smooth transition, program performance, financials and accomplishments over our first year in operation.

2017 Highlights:

  • Smoothly launched on April 1, 2017, with no disruption to supply chain operations.
  • 131 members joined the program by December 31, 2017
  • Exceeded all collection and recycling performance targets.
Read more »

April 13, 2018

Minister Directs Stewardship Ontario to Wind Up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Stewardship Ontario received direction from the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program by December 31, 2020. Once the wind up occurs, materials collected under the MHSW program, including under industry stewardship plans such as the one operated by AMS, will be managed according to an individual producer responsibility framework under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA). Read more »

March 20, 2018

AMS Claims Share of Reserve Funds Held by Stewardship Ontario

AMS has corresponded with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) to support members receiving their share of reserves held by Stewardship Ontario upon the wind-up of the MHSW Program, if not sooner. Links to the correspondence are below.

Members of AMS’s Industry Stewardship Plan for the management of used antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters previously paid fees for these materials to Stewardship Ontario under the MHSW Program, which accumulated reserve funds in accordance with its reserve policy. Read more »

October 2, 2017

AMS 2018 fee rates and reporting categories

The board of Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) on September 29 approved 2018 fee rates and new antifreeze categories.

The new Antifreeze reporting categories and fee rates apply to the sales quantities for the period January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018 (Q1).  Stewards will report these quantities by April 30, 2018 (Q2) invoices will be calculated using the new Antifreeze fee rates for Q1 sales quantities reported in Q2. Read more »

April 24, 2017

NEW: AMS Guide for Stewards

AMS has put together a guide for stewards. Within it, you’ll read about the AMS Program, its materials, joining, fee schedules and reporting instructions. Click here to download the AMS Guide for Stewards. Read more »

March 23, 2017

What You Need to Know: Transition Plan for Automotive Materials Service Providers Including: Transporters, Processors and Municipalities


To assist transporters, processors and municipalities with the transition from Stewardship Ontario to Automotive Materials Stewardship for the management of used antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters.​


The Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) industry stewardship program for the management of used antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters launches on April 1, 2017. Read more »

August 11, 2016

WDO Board Approves Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) ISP

On August 10, the WDO Board approved Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) ISP to manage automotive materials (antifreeze/antifreeze containers, oil filters, and oil containers) with an effective date of no sooner than January 1, 2017.

The ISP was approved following consultations from February 26 – April 29, 2016 that included an online survey, webinar, posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry, and opportunities to speak to WDO by phone or in person. Read more »

June 17, 2016

Final Automotive Materials Stewardship ISP

As we await a decision by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) on AMS’ ISP, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our stakeholders for their feedback on the plan and share with you the final version of the ISP, which was submitted to WDO for their consideration.

Changes to the plan include:

  • Confirmation of the target: “AMS will seek to maintain Stewardship Ontario’s reported performance for 2015, discounted for any contamination by non-Automotive Materials commingled with Automotive Materials, where such performance exceeds the targets.”
  • Updated status on consultations
  • Refined definitions and language for clarity
  • Broadened the processing of antifreeze to multiple methods
  • Removed drilling operations as a current reuse market for antifreeze

If WDO approves the plan, we will inform stewards and provide additional information on the next steps in the transition of the program. Read more »