Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act

April 19, 2010

Healthy Environment

Our staff recently commented on proposed changes to Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act.  City staff also sit on the Municipal Waste Association and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Waste Diversion Subcommittese which are also providing input on the proposed changes. Our staff support the six key changes being proposed.

The discussion paper released by the Ministry of Environment called “Towards a Zero Waste Future” initiated discussions on the Waste Diversion Act.  Zero waste was a principle embedded in our Waste Management Master Plan approved in 2008.

Of interest among the proposed changes is the introduction of the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as the foundation for the Act.  EPR is used widely in other jurisdictions and has proven very successful in driving waste reduction and diversion while shifting the burden away from municipalities who are left to manage the waste produced.

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