TORONTO –The Ontario government is seeking public feedback on its “Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper”, which expands upon commitments in the government’s environmental action plan, “Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan”. The paper poses questions that will help guide future decision-making to divert more waste from landfill.
Currently, Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person every year and our overall diversion rate has stalled below 30 per cent over the last 15 years. The government believes Ontario needs to reduce the amount of waste generated and divert more waste from landfill through proven methods like the curbside Blue Box Program, existing and emerging municipal green bin programs and other waste recovery options.
“Existing and emerging technologies are increasingly allowing us to recover and recycle materials back into our economy rather than sending them to landfill,” the report summary notes. “This is helping us to better protect our communities and keep our air, land and water clean and healthy.”
The discussion paper sets out goals, actions and performance measures and outlines how the province will:
- decrease the amount of waste going to landfill
- increase the province’s overall diversion rate.
The discussion paper provides more details on the actions and commitments related to waste that were outlined in the Environment Plan. The feedback on the discussion paper will help the province to move forward with an approach to reducing litter and waste in our communities.
Eight areas for action
The discussion paper outlines eight key areas for action:
- prevent and reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks
- increase opportunities for Ontarians to reduce and divert waste at home, at work and on the go
- make producers responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging
- reduce and divert food and organic waste from households and businesses
- reduce plastic waste going into landfills and waterways
- provide clear rules for compostable products and packaging
- recover the value of resources in waste
- support competitive and sustainable end-markets for Ontario’s waste
The government developed the discussion paper to seek feedback from the public on how it proposes to implement waste commitments included in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback will be used to inform future waste management policy.
Details of the discussion paper and a link to submit comments can be found here.