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New waste diversion plan for Ontario

In mid-January 2003 Stewardship Ontario, the industry funding organization charged with implementing and operating...


In mid-January 2003 Stewardship Ontario, the industry funding organization charged with implementing and operating the municipal recycling program for Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), submitted a draft plan. A final version is scheduled to be submitted for the environment minister’s approval by February 28, 2003.

The draft plan proposes a set of funding rules through which brand owners and first importers into Ontario of products that result in blue box waste are to share with municipalities the net cost of recycling these wastes, as required by the Waste Diversion Act. The plan assumes a starting date of June 1, 2003.

Critics question the cost differences proposed by secretariat Corporations Supporting Recycling (CSR) to an earlier plan submitted for the former Waste Diversion Organization in 2000. In CSR’s September 2000 report "Achieving Sustainable Municipal Waste Diversion Programs in Ontario" the costs of the blue box program were estimated to be $40- to $64-million with a forecasted 50 per cent diversion (one million tonnes). But the current report indicates that 50 per cent diversion will be equivalent to just 827,000 tonnes and will cost $62- to $102-million.

Visit www.stewardshipontario.ca or contact Donald Wiedman at 416-594-3456, ext. 234 or wiedman@stewardshipontario.ca


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