On December 21, 2000, Ontario Environment Minister Dan Newman re-affirmed Ontario’s commitment to the blue box program and other municipal waste diversion initiatives. Newman said he intends to introduce legislation to address recommendations from the Waste Diversion Organization (WDO). The province created the one-year multi-stakeholder organization in November 1999. Issues to be addressed include the creation of a permanent waste diversion organization, a 50/50 cost-sharing agreement between municipalities and a mechanism to ensure industry stewardship.
WDO member Corporations Supporting Recycling: CSR is working to acquire the Canadian rights to the Green Dot from its German-based licensor, PRO Europe. Critics allege that if CSR — an organization that has traditionally opposed initiatives such as refillable bottle and deposit-return programs — becomes a licensee for the Green Dot, the criteria for its members will not be stringent.
Contact Isabella Di Cristofaro at 416-314-6666 or the WDO at 416-594-3456