On June 27, 2002, Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) became a permanent, non-government corporation when the Waste Diversion Act (Bill 90) received Royal Assent. WDO is a partnership of made up of industry, municipal, non-governmental representatives and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy to develop, implement and fund waste diversion programs.
Its first task is to develop a sustainable funding plan for Ontario’s municipal Blue Box program by establishing an industry funding organization to set and collect fees from affected industry. The fees will pay municipalities 50 per cent of their Blue Box program net costs.
The group will also develop, implement and fund waste diversion programs for scrap tires, used oil, household special wastes (e.g. paints and solvents), organics such as kitchen waste, pharmaceuticals, electronics, batteries and fluorescent lighting tubes.
The Act outlines the set-up, responsibilities and reporting requirements of WDO, as well as ministry enforcement and penalties for non-payment of industry fees. The Act allows the Minister of Environment and Energy to designate waste materials by regulation. Once a waste material is designated, the minister can require WDO to develop a diversion program for that waste.
For more information on the members of the WDO board and the funding structure, see http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/news/2002/061401fs.htm.
For related articles, see "Ontario Legislates Diversion" in the August/September 2001 edition and "Closing Ontario’s EPR Loophole" in the October/November 2001 edition.
Contact John Steele at 416-314-6666