Ontario’s environment minister has released the program request letter for Phase 2 and 3 of the province’s stewardship program for municipal hazardous and special waste (MHSW), commonly known as household hazardous waste (HHW). Covered materials include mercury-containing items such as fluorescent lamps, switches and measuring devices, aerosol containers, fire extinguishers, pharmaceuticals and sharps (e. g., syringes).
Most significantly, the minister has directed stewards to pick up the full cost of the program including collection of materials. The minister has also asked for a range of collection options over-and-above municipal depots including residential collection (i. e., “toxic taxi”) and retail take-back. Also, the scope of the MHSW program is to be expanded to include certain wastes (specifically non lead-acid batteries) from IC&I generators.
This new policy direction from the Ontario Government comes in anticipation of the statutory review of the Waste Diversion Act.