Orange Drop Program
for hazardous and special waste materials
New starting July 2, 2010. Ontario has a new program designed to make managing hazardous and special waste materials easier for Ontario consumers to understand and to do.
Materials such as batteries, paints, pesticides, cleaning products and antifreeze are accepted. See list of materials. Some products can be returned to municipal depots as before, but now many participating retailers are also accepting these materials.
Where do I find the depots? Go to the Orange Drop site and click on the orange tab "Where do I go to make the drop?". (Or click here. ) Enter your postal code and choose the material you want to dispose of. The system will pull up a list of depots or retailers. Click on each to get a map and hours.
Warning. Note that the system will pull up municipal depots as well, for which you may not eligible. So please check before making the trip! For example, entering a Smiths Falls postal code and the material "Fluorescent Tubes and Bulbs" will pull up the Trail Road Facility, which is only open to Ottawa residents.
Background. Orange Drop builds upon the original 2008 MHSW program which introduced nine waste material categories, including products such as paints and solvents, which were designated for environmentally-safe recycling and disposal.
Now Thousands of Products Accepted. As of July 1, 2010, thirteen new categories, covering thousands of products, have been added to the Orange Drop list which now includes: batteries, pharmaceuticals, sharps and syringes, aerosol containers, antifreeze, drain cleaners and other corrosives, spot removers and other irritants, fertilizers, fire extinguishers, fuels and other flammables, fluorescents, moth balls and other leachate toxics, thermometers and other mercury containing devices, oil containers, oil filters, paint and coatings, pesticides, pressurized containers, metal powders and other reactives and adhesives and other toxics. See list of materials.
Make it a Habit. "Orange Drop is designed to raise awareness about what is considered a hazardous or special waste and to encourage Ontarians to make returning these items part of their regular recycling routine," said Lyle Clarke, Vice President, Operations, at Stewardship Ontario.
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