Proposed Waste Reduction Act
Ontario’s proposed Waste Reduction Act would enable more companies to recycle their waste instead of sending it to landfill. Increased recycling protects our environment and leads to innovation, new investment, new recycling factories, new jobs and new Ontario-made products.
The proposed Waste Reduction Act and strategy would:
- Boost recycling in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector, starting with paper and packaging waste.
- Protect consumers from surprise eco-fees by making sure that recycling costs are included in the advertised price of a product. This move will also incent companies to look for ways to make their recycling processes more economical and stay competitive.
- Improve oversight and accountability of waste diversion by clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of individual producers, the provincial government, municipalities and a new Waste Reduction Authority.
- Allow for greater producer funding of the Blue Box program, easing the financial burden on municipal property taxpayers.
- Foster innovation in product and packaging design.
The province’s proposed Waste Reduction Strategy provides a blueprint for how to put the legislation into action and proposes additional initiatives to increase diversion.
Waste diversion today
Ontario produces more than 12 million tonnes of waste every year, but only 25% of it is diverted from landfills by recycling.
Ontario’s householders are recycling an impressive 46 per cent of the wastes they generate.
But 60 per cent of Ontario’s waste is produced by industries, businesses and institutions like shopping malls, hospitals and offices. They are recycling only 13 per cent of their wastes.
Why recycling is important
Recycling is good for the environment and good for the economy:
- Recycling generates ten times more jobs than disposal.
- Every additional 1,000 tonnes of recycled waste generates seven new jobs.
- About 60 per cent of Ontario’s waste is produced by industries, businesses and institutions such as shopping malls, hospitals and offices, but only 13 per cent of it is recycled.
- About 12 million tonnes of waste is generated in Ontario every year.
Proposed Waste Reduction Act & Draft Waste Reduction Strategy