On May 25, 2007, Ontarios Minister of the Environment received the first phase of the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) program plan from Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO). The minister also received a consultation document from WDO. Phase 1 of the program includes the following waste categories: paints; solvents; oil filters; oil containers; single use batteries; antifreeze; pressurized containers, such as propane cylinders; fertilizers; and pesticides. The program targets waste from homes and some small businesses and is to focus on reduction, reuse and recycling (3Rs) approaches intended to divert these wastes from disposal.
The program plan and consultation document are posted for comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights registry. The minister will consider comments received prior to either approving or not approving the program plan.
A new regulation will be required to address Stewardship Ontario’s new governance structure that would result if the minister approves the MHSW program. Associated changes would also be required for the blue box regulation and the MHSW regulation. Draft versions of the new regulation and amending regulations are also posted for comment:
Draft Stewardship Ontario Governance Regulation
Draft Blue Box Waste Regulation
Draft Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Regulation
On December 12, 2006, the Minister of the Environment requested WDO to develop an industry funded diversion program for MHSW under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002. Stewardship Ontario was identifed as the Industry Funding Organization for the program.
This proposal has been posted for a 30 day public review and comment period starting June 11, 2007. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by July 11, 2007 to the individual listed under “Contact”. Additionally, you may submit comments online.
All comments received prior to July 11, 2007 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 010-0558.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision under for this proposal.
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