Waste Diversion Ontario
Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) provides oversight for the development, implementation, and operation of diversion programs for waste designated by the Minister of the Environment. WDO was created in 2002 through the Waste Diversion Act as a non-crown corporation and is funded by Industry Funding Organizations (IFOs) who are responsible for operating the programs. IFOs in turn are funded by the industry whose products are being diverted from Ontario landfills.
Stewardship Ontario is a not-for-profit organization funded and governed by the industries that are the brand owners, first importers or franchisors of the products and packaging materials managed under the recycling programs. Stewardship Ontario touches the lives of Ontarians every day—whether they are putting something in their Blue Box or returning unused paint or spent batteries to a depot or retail partner. Stewardship Ontario works hard to keep many materials out of landfill, and to recover as much value as possible from these materials at the end of their useful life.
Ontario Tire Stewardship
Ontario Tire Stewardship works with the network of Ontario stewards, collectors, haulers, processors and innovative recycled product manufacturers to ensure a more sustainable future. Together, the Ontario Tire Stewardship rethink tires to create a multi-million dollar industry and hundreds of new jobs in Ontario, while diverting more than 50 million tires from landfills.
The Orange Drop Program provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of household products that require special handling. Fully funded by industry, this network of convenient drop-off sites accepts nine materials. The objective of the Orange Drop Program is to recover and recycle, or safely dispose of, these materials to ensure they don’t end up in landfills, or poured down sewers and drains.
Through Orange Drop, you can return any of the program’s nine designated materials to your Municipal Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot, to collection events, to many retailers (batteries, paints, stains and coatings), to automotive locations (oil containers, oil filters and antifreeze) and, in the case of non-refillable pressurized containers, to a large number of Ontario Parks.
Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is a not-for-profit industry organization that oversees the responsible reuse and recycling of end-of-life electronics through a program that includes hundreds of OES-approved collection sites and numerous other affiliate sites across the province.
Product Care Association
In a nutshell, Product Care Association sets up collection networks for your unwanted products, develops transportation systems to move recyclable waste safely and efficiently, works with other recycling experts to create industry-leading material processing standards, promotes awareness of available recycling programs, and maintains detailed records of all this in order to report to regulators, stakeholders, partners and the general public.
Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. 2014 commemorates Call2Recycle’s 20th anniversary in battery collection and recycling.