Cheques totaling more than $6.7 million were on their way on June 1st to 190 Ontario municipalities in the first phase of funding from industry to help pay for residential blue box recycling programs, Damian Bassett, CEO of Stewardship Ontario announced.
The cheques are the first payment to municipalities under the provincial Waste Diversion Act, 2002. It obligates brand owners and first importers who use packaging or printed papers that are ultimately handled through Ontario municipal waste management programs to contribute to a fund equal to 50 per cent of the net cost of municipal recycling programs.
The funds are distributed to municipalities according to calculations made by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) based on the efficiency of their blue box recycling program, the range of materials they collect and the tonnage each diverts from disposal. The formula is detailed in the “Blue Box Program Plan” approved by the Minister of the Environment, Leona Dombrowsky, in December, 2003.
The plan calls for the obligated companies, called “stewards” under the plan, to contribute their 50 per cent share of net costs beginning February 1, 2004. This first payment to municipalities covers the period February 1 to April 30, 2004. A second set of cheques will be distributed in September and then quarterly thereafter.
More than 1,500 companies doing business in Ontario have registered as stewards with Stewardship Ontario and that work is continuing to reach out to the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 additional companies that are required to register to meet the requirements of the Act.
(The complete press release with the amounts of money sent to each municipality is available under the Posted Documents button at our website at www.solidwastemag.com)
Contact Barbara McConnell, Communications, Stewardship Ontario at 647-777-3362