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Waste Initiatives Across Canada (January 01, 2009)

Ontario private members' waste reduction bills


Ontario private members’ waste reduction bills

Private Member’s Bill 105 — An Act respecting the reporting of industrial, commercial, and institutional waste to facilitate the establishment of waste reduction targets and to promote recycling — received first reading on September 30, 2008 and proceeded to second reading on October 16, 2008. The Bill is intended to ensure that carriers who remove waste and parties that own or operate waste disposal sites keep regular, accurate records of waste quantities and submit these to the Minister of the Environment on a quarterly basis. The Bill creates an offence for failing to comply with these requirements, or falsifying information at any point in the reporting process.

Private Member’s Bill 112 — Single-Use Bottled Water Ban Act, 2008 — received first reading on October 21, 2008 and proposes a ban on disposable water bottles. The Bill aims to reduce the amount of waste and lower energy consumption associated with the production of recycling of single-use water bottles.

Saskatchewan consults on WEEE Phase II

The Saskatchewan Waste Electronic Equipment Program (SWEEP) currently provides province-wide collection and recycling of designated electronic products such as televisions, desktops and notebook computers (including keyboards, mice and cables), monitors and desktop printers, and fax machines. The province is now consulting with stakeholders to determine which additional electronic products are best suited for inclusion in Phase II of its recycling program.

In considering the inclusion of electronic products for Phase II, SWEEP is considering: the capacity of and ability for collection through the existing collection network; opportunities for collection through an expanded collection network; ability for recycling in an environmentally sound manner; existing recycling capacity for the products; estimated volume of product currently available for collection; and existing product recycling and/or diversion opportunities. SWEEP is also considering electronic products that are currently regulated or will be regulated in other jurisdictions, such as floor standing printers (copiers), personal computers (handheld), computer flatbed scanners, land-line telephones, cell phones and other wireless devices, answering machines, electronic games, and cameras.

BC guide for dismantling vehicles

The Vehicle Dismantling and Recycling Industry Environmental Planning Regulation was enacted on September 1, 2007 and is the final result of the consultations conducted by the BC Ministry of Environment based on a policy intentions paper released in October of 2005.

The Regulation requires individual operators or industry associations (acting on behalf of their members) to develop environmental management plans to demonstrate how they intend to comply with the Regulation. All operators that dismantle five or more wet vehicles in a calendar year must have registered with the ministry by September 1, 2008 and state that their operation has an environmental management plan in place. The Regulation also requires a system of monitoring and reporting to keep operators in compliance with their plans.

In order to assist those affected by the Regulation, the ministry has released a guide book entitled Guide Book for the Vehicle Dismantling and Recycling Industry Environmental Planning Regulation. The guide provides background information on the Regulation and summarizes the requirements in simple language; it provides information on legal and compliance requirements, and discusses best management practices for hazardous liquids, solids, refrigerants and work areas.

Ontario reviews WDA

On October 16 the Ontario Ministry of the Environment released a discussion paper entitled “Review of Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act, 2002: Discussion Paper for Public Consultation” on October 16, 2008. The purpose of the discussion paper is to facilitate public and stakeholder consultations on the ministry’s review of the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, which came into force on June 27, 2002 and requires a review to be undertaken after the fifth year.

Ontario is currently proposing the adoption of a zero waste policy, focusing on redesigning products and processes to reduce waste before it is created, as well as designing products for greater reuse. The current review of the legislation provides the ministry with an opportunity to improve its waste diversion framework, and promote its objective of zero waste. (For details, see Cover Story, page 8.)

Toronto reduces packaging waste

The City of Toronto has prepared a proposal regarding the reduction of packaging waste entitled “Proposed Measures to Reduce In-Store Packaging Waste and Litter, Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste and Plastic Water Bottles.” The various measures proposed are intended to reduce 10,000 tonnes of in-store packaging, including hot drink cups, plastic retail shopping bags and single-use plastic food packaging. These initiatives are part of a larger strategy to achieve the city’s 70 per cent waste reduction target (Target 70).

The shopping bag proposal was pre-empted by an announcement from Mayor David Miller and the association representing the grocers that supermarkets will voluntarily begin charging customers five cents for every plastic shopping bag, unless they bring their own reusable bag. The city has decided to allow residents to place polystyrene (foam packaging) and plastic grocery bags in their blue bin collection carts. (For details, see News, page 60.)

Rosalind Cooper, LL. B., is a partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, with offices across Canada. Ms. Cooper is based in Toronto, Ontario. Contact Rosalind at rcooper@tor.fasken.com

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“The Bill is intended to ensure that carriers who remove waste and parties that own or operate waste disposal sites keep regular, accurate records.”


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