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Consultant sees new rules bypassing WDO

Usman Valiante, principal of Corporate Policy Group LLP in Orangeville, Ontario, has written an opinion of new gove...


Usman Valiante, principal of Corporate Policy Group LLP in Orangeville, Ontario, has written an opinion of new government rules that he says will lead to new product stewardhip programs in Ontario being developed outside the governance of Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO).

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment has published proposed changes to Ontario Regulation 347 (Waste) in its “Regulatory Amendments to Facilitate Waste Recycling, Use of Alternative Fuels and New and Emerging Waste Management Technologies.” Valiante says that he came across an interesting item posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) website.

“As I turned my attention away from the draft regulation and read the associated EBR posting I came across a real gem – there in all its elegant simplicity was the Extended Producer Responsibility Systems (EPRS) proposal.”

The EPRS proposal, Valiante says, will allow various kinds of manufacturers to set up their own independent “property-rights-based” recycling networks, bypass the WDO and deal directly with government policymakers. Without explicitly saying so, Valiante hints that he thinks this is a good thing. (Several program ideas for such things as used oil and scrap tires never reached fruition via the WDO process and the provincial government appears to be frustrated.)

Access the article by clicking on “Contributors Blog” (red font) on the left side of the home page at www.solidwastemag.com — Look for the entry “A most excellent proposal”

For further information, contact Usman Valiante,
senior policy analyst with Corporate Policy Group LLP in Orangeville, Ontario at 519-942-9111 or email valiante@corporatepolicygroup.com


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