Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 March 2017
Today, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray announced Ontario’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. This new strategy outlines the province’s plan to fight climate change by reducing landfilled materials that could otherwise be reused, recycled, composted and reintegrated into the economy.
The strategy includes 15 concrete actions to build up the province’s circular economy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, such as:
- Requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging, including small appliances, electrical tools, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mattresses, carpets, clothing and furniture
- Implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill
- Requiring industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills
- Banning certain materials, such as food waste, beverage containers, corrugated cardboard and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, from disposal and driving creative strategies to reuse and recycle these items
- Improving oversight and accountability in the waste management sector, including by requiring producers to register and report on their waste management activities
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Transition Brockville / 08 August 2016
There were some surprises at the Talking Trash event, held in partnership with the City of Brockville on July 24. Did you know that take-out coffee cups are not recyclable? Lyndsay Price, the City’s solid waste officer, clarified the best handling for a number of items questioned by our visitors.
- Waxed Paper: GARBAGE, as it cannot break down properly for the recycling. May be used for compost instead.
- Plastic Bags: GARBAGE. Try to reduce plastic bag waste or reuse them if possible. Some stores also have special drop-offs for recycling plastic bags, so save them to drop-off next time you go in. Check out this website for further reference: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01_search.html.
- Tin Foil: RECYCLE, if reasonably clean.
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Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 June 2016
To help divert more waste from landfill, the province has passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act that will:
- encourage innovation in recycling processes and require producers to take full responsibility for their products and packaging
- lower recycling costs and give consumers access to more convenient recycling options
- help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution that results from the landfilling of products that could otherwise be recycled or composted
- overhaul Waste Diversion Ontario into the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, a strong oversight body with new compliance and enforcement powers that will oversee the new approach and existing waste diversion programs until transition is complete.
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The Telegram / Eleanor Tucker / 03 January 2016
‘Every time I read something about the environment, I would get this guilty feeling that I wasn’t doing anything. I kept thinking, if people did buy things that were built to last it would have such a positive impact – both economically and environmentally.’
In the last 50 years or so, we’ve gone from investing in good quality products to the overconsumption of mass-produced goods. However, Tara is certainly not alone in longing for products that are either robust, or don’t have ‘planned obsolescence’, meaning they’re designed to become out-of-date within a known time period.
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Association of Municipalities Ontario
Even though residents are doing their share, Ontario is running out of licensed landfill capacity. Since 1989, 649 of Ontario’s 730 landfills have closed. Alternatives to landfill are becoming increasingly costly and the approval and assessment processes are very time consuming.
Ontario produces an estimated 12.0 million tonnes of solid waste per year, predominantly from the industrial, commercial, and institutional (IC&I) sector. According to Statistics Canada, this sector produces 56 per cent of the overall waste in Ontario, with a diversion rate of only 11 per cent. By comparison, WDO reports that of the 4.8 million tonnes of residential waste produced in 2012, 47.7 per cent was diverted.
Currently, property taxes pay for over 50 per cent of the actual Blue Box Program costs, subsidize some Household Hazardous Waste programs and pay 100 per cent of the costs of litter control, garbage collection and disposal.
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