The hotly-debated Bill 91, Waste Reduction Act, 2013, is to be debated further today during the Bill’s second reading at Queen’s Park.
Regional Consultation sessions for the proposed Act took place over summer 2013.
The proposed Act and the corresponding Waste Reduction Strategy have been available for comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry.
The Act proposes a Waste Reduction Authority, which is not to be taxpayer-funded, and would primarily be an enforcement tool to oversee compliance from producers, who would have to register with the Waste Reduction Authority and meet performance targets for the diversion of different waste types. Inspections, penalties and prosecutions would closely mirror ongoing practices with the environment ministry’s overall enforcement branch.
Waste Reduction Authority (essentially a transformed Waste Diversion Ontario) would have several other critical roles, such as overseeing current waste diversion programs until they are transitioned under the new Act.
One of the more debated points about the Waste Reduction Authority is its ability to develop a formula for municipal compensation and facilitate resolutions between producers and municipalities.
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