Ontario seeks public input on reducing litter and waste

Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Photo: https://www.ontario.ca

The province is inviting public feedback on proposals to reduce plastic litter and waste in neighbourhoods and parks, divert and reduce food and organic waste from households and businesses, and increase opportunities for the people of Ontario to participate in waste reduction efforts.

A discussion paper has been posted on the Environment Registry for a 45-day period.

Wednesday, Rod Phillips Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, addressed the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) Annual General Meeting, outlining the release of the paper and highlighting the importance of ongoing collaboration and consultation with municipalities to ensure waste reduction and diversion goals are achieved.

“We know that Ontarians want to do their part to reduce litter and waste, whether at home, at work or on the go,” said Phillips. “There are so many great ideas out there in the province that we want to build on to reduce waste, divert more of it away from landfills and get our diversion rate moving in the right direction again.”

Ontario encourages producers to find new and innovative cost-effective ways to recycle their products and lower costs for consumers. Government officials say the transition to extended producer responsibility will increase the amount of household material recycled, while shifting the cost of recycling from municipalities – and taxpayers – to producers.

Quick facts:

  • Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person each year.
  • Our diversion rate has stalled at 30 per cent over the past 15 years, meaning 70 per cent of our waste materials continue to end up in landfills.
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