On July 31, 2009, Waste Diversion Ontario submitted an updated program plan to the Minister of the Environment for the diversion of Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste ("MHSW"), in accordance with the Waste Diversion Act, 2002. The first phase of the program, covering paints, solvents, single use batteries, antifreeze, oil filters, oil containers, pressurized containers, pesticides and fertilizers, had already been approved and entered into force on July 1, 2008. The revised plan now covers materials in Phase 2 (i.e. rechargeable batteries, aerosol containers, pharmaceuticals, syringes, fluorescent lamps, portable fire extinguishers, mercury containing measuring devices, and mercury switches) and Phase 3 (all remaining MHSW as defined in the MHSW Regulation but not captured by Phases 1 or 2). If approved by the Minister, the revised plan is expected to enter into force on July 1, 2010.
Further information is available on the EBR Registry.