In a recent recommendation (WM-7-2006) the Region of Peel, west and northwest of the City of Toronto, Ontario, calls upon the province’s environment minister to take action against environmentally-regressive forms of packaging.
Specifically, Peel is upset about the appearance of 15 litre polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles (the kind that sit atop coolers) in its municipal recycling system, as these will add costs to municipal costs and undermine the existing voluntary deposit-return system for such containers.
The recommendation wants the bottles managed by either:
a) mandating a deposit-return system where consumers and the packaging industry bear the costs to manage the empty bottles, or
b) requiring the packaging industry to pay 100 per cent of the cost of managing the empty bottles in municipal waste and recycling systems.
Peel also wants the Minister of the Environment to be requested to direct Stewardship Ontario, through Waste Diversion Ontario, to amend the Blue Box Program Plan to require the consumer packaging and printed paper industries to pay 50 per cent of the cost for municipalities to manage blue box waste materials in both the recycling and waste streams. The document adds that the environment minister should require companies that wish to introduce new consumer packaging into the Ontario marketplace to consult with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to determine the impact of the packaging on municipal waste management systems.
Peel is forwarding its resolution to AMO and other Ontario municipalities for their consideration.
See Editors Blog at the left side of the home page for the complete text of the Peel Region resolution. Also, the April/May edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine Editorial and Cover Story both delve in-depth into the blue box funding program.