Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) — an agency charged with policy development by the province — has been granted $280,000 to enable it to continue its operations. The organization has been in financial trouble, in part because revenues from the industry funding organizations (IFOs) stewardship programs for things like scrap tires, used oil and electronic waste never materialized since the programs are in limbo pending ministerial decision or further policy development.
According to Ben Bennett’s Product & Packaging Stewardship Review newsletter, the money will be paid as an unconditional grant under the “Grants for Environmental Partnerships Program.” This program is a bit mysterious. According to Bennett, a search of the environment ministry’s website for Grants for Environmental Partnerships Program advises “no documents match that query.”
The WDO has asked the ministry for a long-term financial solution. So far, only blue box materials have been approved under the Waste Diversion Act and this is the only source of WDO funds.