The Waste Reduction Act is a proposed framework for the Province of Ontario’s plan to increase waste diversion and to re-vamp the current waste diversion system, which is broadly seen as ineffective and inefficient.
The corresponding Waste Reduction Strategy is a blueprint for consultation, implementation, and next steps for reducing and harnessing the economic value of waste.
- Moving to an individual producer responsibility regime where individual producers are responsible for end-of-life management of their products and packaging
- Transforming Waste Diversion Ontario into the Waste Reduction Authority, which would oversee compliance with the proposed producer responsibility regime
- Efforts to boost diversion in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sector
- Eliminating “eco-fees” at the cash register by introducing all-in product pricing (retailers would not be allowed to attach eco-fees at the point of sale)
- Obliging producers to negotiate recovery/processing costs with municipalities
- Increasing the diversion of a wider range of wastes, including organics, and developing and implementing new standards for end-of-life vehicles.
According to the Ministry of the Environment, recycling creates 10 times more jobs than disposal and 7 jobs are created for every 1,000 tonnes of waste recycled.
- The proposed Act will increase industry’s share of Blue Box funding, but we do not know how/when/what extent this share will increase
- The Act obliges producers to negotiate with municipalities for the cost of recovery. How will government ensure that costs imposed are fair and that municipalities are maximizing efficiencies, etc.?
- How will the proposed rules impact cross-border shopping and price differentials between Ontario and border states?