The Toxics Reduction Act aims to protect the health of people and the environment by reducing the use and emission of toxic substances. It also aims to foster innovations in green chemistry and green engineering to make manufacturing and mineral processing safer. The act also supports the development of alternative products and processes.
The act is the cornerstone of Ontario's Toxics Reduction Strategy, which is focused on:
This strategy supplements the traditional 'end of pipe' approach to managing toxic substances released into the environment by focusing on reducing the creation and use of these substances at the 'front end' of manufacturing processes.
The act requires regulated facilities to: