The Province of Ontario recently decided to vote for change, including significant improvements to the environment. In his acceptance speech, Premier designate Dalton McGuinty stated, “I feel the right thing for us is to invest in better schools, better health care, and better environmental protection.” Supporters believe Mr. McGuinty’s plans mean new and enhanced opportunities for the environment and waste management business in Ontario.
Highlights of the extensive Liberal environment platform include:
Divert 60 per cent of waste from landfills within five years by banning organic waste;
Immediately ban the spreading of raw human waste on farmlands;
Shut down two coal-fired generating stations by 2007 and promote renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and small-scale Hydro;
Conserve greenfields, promote brownfields redevelopment, and pass legislation to enhance the protection of lands surrounding vital water resources;
Build a network of water-monitoring stations and provide reports online; and,
Make the provincial hazardous waste disposal rules the toughest in North America.
For further information, see related articles and an election environment report linked to www.solidwastemag.com