Ontario's long-awaited Bill 91, the Waste Reduction Act, 2013, died on the legislative table at Queen's Park when the provincial election was set for June 12, 2014.
Although years in the making, Bill 91 failed to find a consensus among major players in the waste and recycling industry.
Many stakeholders viewed the proposal as not going far enough to make industry foot the bill as stewards of its own waste, while others feared the Bill would drive away Ontario manufacturers to more leniently-regulated waste jurisdictions in the U.S. These arguments made Bill 91 one of the most hotly-debated Bills in the Legislature during the 40th session. However, following the 2013 December break, Bill 91 failed to return to the fray, at Queen’s Park, and was never addressed again.
The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) has assembled a timeline of the Bill 91's media coverage, and may be worth a look, as the Bill is bound to return in some new form sooner rather than later.
Click here for the timeline