Ontario’s new approach to managing Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW), now known as Hazardous and Special Products (HSP), including antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters, began in 2016 with the introduction of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. The transition of waste diversion programs is detailed in the Province’s Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy.
Instead of collective responsibility under a program plan, such as the one operated by AMS since 2017, the Act introduces the principle of individual producer responsibility (IPR) for materials. IPR creates a new legal obligation for producers that differs from the current collective obligation. Regulation replaces program plans.
Regulatory transition was initiated in August 2019 with the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directing the wind up of the MHSW Program by June 30, 2021. More information about the windup is available on the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority website.
The draft regulation for Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) that details producer obligations was issued on February 11 for a 45-day consultation period. AMS is reviewing the draft and may provide a submission prior to the March 28 comment deadline. It is expected the final regulation will take effect July 1, 2021. More information about the draft regulation is available on the Ontario government website and a copy can be downloaded here.
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 they can join a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) to carry out their regulatory responsibilities. AMS intends to register as a PRO with RPRA and continue serving producers.
If you are not a member of AMS and would like stay informed about the regulatory transition, please provide your contact information.