New MHSM rules and rates

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The Stewardship Ontario Board and Waste Diversion Ontario have approved preliminary 2010 MHSM Phase 1 Rules concerning the designation of Municipal Hazardous or Special Materials (MHSM) stewards, reporting requirements, fees and penalties, among other things. They have also revised stewards fee rates, which will be in effect from January 1, 2010 until June 30, 2010.

Since 2008, MHSM stewards must report on the type and quantity of certain designated materials they introduce into the Ontario marketplace, and accordingly pay fees to Stewardship Ontario. MHSM stewards are either the brand owner or first importer into Ontario of those products. The MHSW program plan targets all MHSW identified in Ontario Regulation 542/06. These include several corrosive, flammable or toxic products, hazards and wastes, as well as certain municipal special wastes. For a complete list, click here.