The City of Toronto has adopted a new policy that addresses the addition of new material to its Blue Box and Green Bin programs.

It includes:

  • a process that brand owners and packaging manufacturers can refer to when designing new product packaging
  • Toronto’s expectations regarding cost recovery measures for testing new materials in its processing facilities
  • assessment of financial impacts to the waste management system as a result of the new material.

The Addition of New Materials to the City’s Waste Diversion Programs Policy (Adapt Policy) also integrates circular economy principles by supporting  maximum utility and recovery of products and packaging that treats them as a resources.

Read the City of Toronto Agenda Item

“It takes some of the financial burden off the city and puts it back on the producer,” solid waste general manager Jim McKay told the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “It forces the producer to change their packaging to support a better environmental framework.”

“We’d like the province to move toward producer responsibility, but that’s not happening,” said the committee chair, Councillor Jaye Robinson. “Now we’ve had a change in government we’re not sure what to anticipate, but the bottom line is our staff is taking a leadership role.”

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