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Ontario minister releases diversion discussion paper

Ontario's Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky has released the document, Ontario's 60% Waste Diversion Goal -- A...

Ontario’s Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky has released the document, Ontario’s 60% Waste Diversion Goal — A Discussion Paper.

The paper outlines the current status of waste diversion in the province and provides a series of options for consideration for municipalities and those involved in such activities as recycling and organic residuals management.

Included among the many potential action items are such things as to:

– Continue to support and encourage backyard composting;

– Implement increased residential organic waste collection and centralized composting in Ontario’s largest municipalities;

– Develop a financing strategy for increased waste diversion, including centralized composting for residential waste;

– Make available and encourage a range of financing options for creating new waste diversion programs and infrastructure that includes consideration of the following components: user pay; provincial funding; municipal financing through borrowing; a provincial waste disposal surcharge; private sector investment; revenues from new markets for recycled materials; designation of new wastes for which Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) must develop waste diversion programs.

– Consider the feasibility of phasing-in a ban on disposal of organics and recyclable materials;

– Expand public education and awareness activities to promote the 3Rs.

At this point, no decisions have been made on the approaches and options described in the discussion paper. Everyone is encouraged to provide their input. Submissions should be received by the environment ministry no later than August 9, 2004 c/o:

Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Waste Management Policy Branch
Ontario’s 60% Waste Diversion Goal: A Discussion Paper
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 7th floor
Toronto, ON
M4V 1P5

Fax: 416-325-4437

In addition to individual written responses, the ministry will hold a series of public and stakeholder consultation sessions throughout the province. Specific dates and locations will be released shortly.

The pdf file of the discussion paper can be found under our Posted Documents section of this website. The next edition (August/September) of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine will feature analysis of the discussion paper as it pertains to organic waste diversion. Look for Paul van der Werf’s “Composting Matters” column and interview with the Hon. Leona Dombrowsky. The next edition is also the official show guide of The Composting Council of Canada’s annual conference, and will feature a special composting supplement.

Susan Antler, executive director of The Composting Council of Canada, is following developments closely, especially since the discussion paper stresses organics diversion. Keep in touch with her and the Council at or by calling 416-535-0240

Please plan to attend the 14th Annual National Composting Conference, to be held in Gatineau/Ottawa from September 15-17, 2004. More information can be found at

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