Mayor Lastman has excelled himself at chutzpah! There is no space in Ontario to find a landfill so he sends Toronto’s garbage to Michigan’s backyard and complains when they refuse to accept it all.
Further, it seems Damien Basset has responded to Martha Stewardship’s concerns (see “WDO” letter in last edition), but has left all the extant issues unresolved. Mr. Basset’s CSR/WDO has called for “enforcement mechanisms” to improve diversion and spread costs equitably on all producers. The question remains: What form are these enforcement mechanisms to take?
Martha Stewardship favours deposit refund, a program that has worked efficiently in provinces like B.C. and Alberta, as well as in the U.S. Despite this, Mr. Basset’s CSR prefers to promote municipal curbside recycling and burden the general taxpayer rather than the producer and user of waste products. In other words, he prefers the general taxpayer to subsidize industry by spending hundreds of millions on the Blue Box. This is not a fair or viable solution to a taxpayer such as me, who doesn’t toss cans or spew packaging. Why not compromise? Use curbside collection in conjunction with deposit refund, supported by legislation that introduces mandatory recycled content and landfill bans on recyclable material.