The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has sent its document “AMO’s Proposal for a Provincial Integrated Waste Strategy” to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The 14 page document outlines a comprehensive approach to solving what it describes as an emerging “waste crisis” in Ontario. The plan incorporates ideas that have been discussed by professional organizations like the Municipal Waste Integration Network (MWIN), the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and the Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators (AMRC).
The document promotes the concept of “integrated waste management” and states that financial incentives and penalities are needed to help with waste diversion. It advocates for the immediate development of a simplified Class EA System for options that include the ranking of alternative technologies. AMO wants R&D capabilities established where the public and private sectors tackle a “shared problem.”
The document suggests support is needed for eco-labeling, green procurement, outreach and education programs. Critical funding is needed for facilities to manage organic waste. Progressive, viable long-term solutions are called for to deal with the 40 per cent waste residue that can neither be recycled nor composted easily. AMO wants waste management facilities to be eligible for funds under the Development Charges Act, and it wants Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to be sustainably funded.
Other notable points in the document include a call for amendments to the Environmental Assessment Act and the Waste Diversion Act, specifically in regard to the guidelines that govern waste to energy facilities. AMO specifically calls for residual waste to be utilized to produce energy. The document calls upon the government to legislate a deposit-refund system for used beverage containers managed by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) — an idea that the province is rumored to be seriously considering.
The full text of the document will be made available as a downloadable pdf file early next week on this website. (Look under Posted Documents on the left side of the home page at www.solidwastemag.com)