Ontario lawmakers last week passed a bill mandating producers to pay the full costs of recycling printed paper and packaging. However, many specifics of the recovery system, which will target a wide range of plastic products, have yet to be determined.
The Ontario Legislative Assembly on June 1 approved the Waste-Free Ontario Act, or Bill 151, after months of consideration and deliberation.
The bill ushers in full extended producer responsibility (EPR) for printed paper and packaging in Canada's largest province, which has a population of around 13 million. It replaces the Waste Diversion Act of 2002, under which producers have paid half the costs of recycling printed paper and packaging – municipalities cover the other half.