The Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks released Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, a 29-page document that sets out goals, actions, and performance measures to outline how Ontario will:

1.    decrease the amount of waste going to landfill
2.    increase the province’s overall diversion rate

In doing so it outlines eight areas of focus:

  • prevent and reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks
  • increase opportunities for Ontarians to reduce and divert waste at home, at work, and on the go
  • make producers responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging
  • reduce and divert food and organic waste from households and businesses
  • reduce plastic waste going into landfills and waterways
  • provide clear rules for compostable products and packaging
  • recover the value of resources in waste
  • support competitive and sustainable end-markets for Ontario’s waste

The Government of Ontario seeks feedback from stakeholders on how to implement waste commitments included in Preserving and Protecting Our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

The feedback will be used to inform future waste management policy. The deadline to provide comment on the discussion paper is April 20, 2019.

RCO Response and Member Input 

RCO continues to take an active role in waste and recycling policy, and is pleased the Government of Ontario is continuing to take steps to move Ontario into a place of environmental leadership.

We will draft a response to the discussion paper and share with RCO Members. For those that wish to discuss the discuss the discussion paper or RCO’s policy positions further, please contact Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director: 416.657.2797, ext.3; joanne@rco.on.ca