According to the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) the City of Ottawa has recently released a proposed strategy for IC&I waste diversion and recycling. The strategy is the result of intense engagement in the issue over the past year that included consultant work, stakeholder and public consultation and waste industry discussions. While still open for consultation, the strategy is significant in that it clearly identifies the legislative and legal limitations of the city in regulating the private sector and the IC&I waste stream.
The strategy does identify the need for partnerships with the private sector and working cooperatively to increase IC&I sector waste diversion. OWMA is committed to working with the city and engaging Ottawa area members in the process to ensure that the implementation of the strategy is respectful of the private sector and the competitive marketplace.
A copy of the proposed strategy and an OWMA Briefing Note on the issue are available on the OWMA website www.owma.org in the “members only” section.