According to a memo from Sandra Banks (Coca Cola Bottling), Chair of the Board for Stewardship Ontario, Joyce Barretto, Chief Executive Officer of Stewardship Ontario, is leaving.
Stewardship Ontario is the organization that represents industry “stewards” who fund 50 per cent of the net costs of the province’s blue box curbside recycling program and certain other product stewardship programs.
It’s unclear why Barretto — whose background is primarily in government — is leaving the organization, which will face challenges in the year ahead that include current poor markets for recycled commodities that could significantly increase stewards fees. The move also comes at a time when industry is preparing its response to a “zero waste” discussion paper from Ontario’s environment minister that suggests industry may soon be asked to pay for the full cost of all kinds of waste diversion and disposal.
A spokesperson for Stewardship Ontario declined to provide specifics about Barretto’s departure. The memo from Sandra Banks reads as follows:
I want to inform you that Joyce Barretto, Chief Executive Officer, is leaving Stewardship Ontario. Joyce will be available to help ensure a smooth transition moving forward.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Joyce for the many contributions she has made to the organization.
The Board will announce an interim replacement shortly. Throughout this period we will continue to focus in concert with our stewards, partners and key stakeholders, on managing the stewardship programs within our mandate.
We wish Joyce tremendous success in her future endeavours.