Stewardship Ontario, the industry organization responsible for the Blue Box program and the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) program, is making it easier for Ontarians to recycle old batteries, paint, solvents and other “household hazardous waste” with a new initiative under the MHSW program called Do What You Can.
The MHSW program aims to more than double the amount of hazardous or special waste diverted from landfill over the next five years. Materials targeted under the program include paint, solvents, non-rechargeable batteries, antifreeze, propane cylinders and other items commonly found in Ontario homes but which need special care when there are leftovers and used containers.
Do What You Can encourages residents to take household hazardous waste and other special care items and their containers to one of a growing network of special collection locations. Well known retail building supply stores, RONA and The Home Depot, are now registered with Stewardship Ontario to collect paint and The Home Depot also will collect used single-use (non-rechargeable) batteries. Other retail partners include the Jiffy Lube auto centres which, starting today, are accepting used oil filters, empty auto oil bottles, and antifreeze and containers from do-it-yourselfers who change the oil and antifreeze in their own vehicles. Pro Oil Change is piloting the program in two London locations. Visitwww.dowhatyoucan.ca