News & Updates

November 17, 2020

AMS preparing to serve producers under new regulation

As Ontario prepares for a new regulatory framework for recycling hazardous and special waste, Automotive Materials Stewardship intends to become a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) and continue providing producers with efficient services to meet their obligations.

With the wind up of Stewardship Ontario’s Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program by June 30, 2021, our operational responsibility under the industry stewardship plan (ISP) for automotive materials (used antifreeze and antifreeze containers, oil filters and empty oil containers) operated by AMS since 2017 will end at the same time. Read more »

September 29, 2020

AMS extends current fee schedule for 2021

The current fee schedule that Automotive Materials Stewardship announced in July has been extended to Q2 2021 reports of Q1 sales (due April 30).

The May 1, 2021, invoices will be the final quarter of fee reductions related to the MHSW Surplus Return and likely the final quarter under the existing Industry Stewardship Plan. Read more »

July 27, 2020

AMS provides required member data to RPRA

Automotive Materials Stewardship was recently required to make information disclosures to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) that include member-specific data.

RPRA sent AMS a Notice of Compliance Requirement to provide data on the “total supply of Antifreeze, Oil Containers and Oil Filters for 2017, 2018 and 2019 reported by stewards in units and kilograms, by steward and year.” Read more »

July 23, 2020

AMS announces material fee reductions

Automotive Materials Stewardship has received $18.6 million from Stewardship Ontario as its share of MHSW Program reserves and is introducing fee reductions for all material categories to distribute the funds to members. (See Fee Reduction Schedules below.)

Under the Industry Stewardship Organization Surplus Fund Transfer Addendum to the MHSW Wind Up Plan recently approved by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, the following surplus amounts have been received by AMS for each material category:

  • Antifreeze         $1.9 Million
  • Oil Filters          $8.7 Million
  • Oil Containers  $8.0 Million

AMS members will begin to receive fee reduction notices with the distribution of the Q3 invoices (for Q2 sales volumes) on August 4, 2020 (due to August 1 occurring on the holiday weekend). Read more »

June 30, 2020

2019 Annual Report

We are pleased to share with you our third Annual Report showcasing AMS’s program performance, financials and accomplishments throughout 2019.

2019 Highlights:

• 165 members registered with the program.

• Met or exceeded our key budget and performance targets.

• Over 2,800 tonnes of used antifreeze and antifreeze containers were collected and recycled. Read more »

May 25, 2020

AMS seeks new Director to join the Board

Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) is seeking a qualified Director to join the Board.

Candidates must be employed by a company that is a member in good standing of the program.

A profile of the qualities and criteria that AMS is seeking for this this voluntary position is available here.

Interested candidates can submit their curriculum vitae to the attention of the Board Chair at chair@autostewardship.ca Read more »

May 1, 2020

AMS to participate in consultations on MHSW surplus funds

Members of Automotive Materials Stewardship are advised that Stewardship Ontario will be consulting with stakeholders in May on amendments to the MHSW Wind Up Plan related to the management of surplus funds.

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks recently sent Stewardship Ontario a letter directing the organization to develop amendments to the approved MHSW Wind Up Plan which would return 100% of material-specific surplus funds to Industry Stewardship Organizations in one lump sum transfer. Read more »

April 13, 2020

Payment Terms Extended for AMS Members

As organizations everywhere respond to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, Automotive Materials Stewardship (AMS) is offering its members payment support for current and pending invoices during this difficult time.

We recognize some AMS members are experiencing significant disruption and financial hardship. To assist businesses who are unable to meet invoice payment deadlines, the grace period for penalties and interest is being temporarily extended to 90 days. Read more »

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 update

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide some information on our operations and the importance of communication in the coming weeks.

The AMS office and WeRecycle Portal continue to operate at full capacity and AMS has instituted plans to maintain the continuity of our management of the program. Read more »

February 24, 2020

RPRA approves process for MHSW residual funds

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has approved Stewardship Ontario’s addendum to the MHSW Wind Up Plan that outlines the process of returning residual funds to stewards once the program is in its final wind up phase in 2022.

The residual funds process reflects the position advanced by Automotive Materials Stewardship and supported by the membership. Read more »