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Ontario approves household haz-waste plan

Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen has approved the consolidated Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste...


Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen has approved the consolidated Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plan (Phases

1, 2 & 3), to start July 2010. The plan is pursuant to section 26 of the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, and the plan was submitted July 31, 2009 by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO).

The stewardship program puts Ontario at the leading edge of special waste management in North America. The minister’s approval letter (dated September 22) may be found at the Stewardship Ontario website:

www.stewardshipontario.ca/mhsw/plan/plan.html

The designated materials are as follows:

1. all batteries (excluding lead acid batteries from vehicles)

 

2. aerosol containers

 

3. portable fire extinguishers

 

4. florescent light bulbs and tubes (limited to generators of no more than 5kg/month)

 

5. switches that contain mercury

 

6. mercury containing measuring devices (e.g., thermostats, thermometers, barometers and other measuring devices)

 

7. pharmaceuticals

 

8. sharps including syringes

 

9. flammable materials (e.g., fuel, kerosene, cleaners, strippers, propane, etc.)

 

10. corrosive materials (e.g., muriatic, sulphuric acids; cleaning products, drain openers, paint remover, etc.)

 

11. toxic materials (e.g., adhesives such as contact cement, glues, epoxies, wood preservatives, etc.)

 

12. reactive materials (e.g., materials that explode such as Isocyanate foams and metal powders)

 

13. leachate toxics (e.g., materials that upon extraction produce an extract containing a toxic substance)

 

Plus, all materials designated under the first phase of the MHSW program:

 

1. paints and coatings and their containers

 

2. solve
nts and their containers

 

3. lubricating oil containers with a capacity of 30 litres or less

 

4. used oil filters

 

5. single-use dry cell batteries

 

6. antifreeze and its containers

 

7. pressurized containers

 

8. fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides and their containers


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