Toronto, Ontario, June 23, 2011 – AMO welcomed the release of a video by Ontario Minster of the Environment John Wilkinson that promotes the benefits of waste diversion.

“There has been a lot of talk about eco fees in Ontario and too little talk about our critical need to manage waste more responsibly, efficiently and affordably,” said AMO President Peter Hume.  “We need approaches that lower taxes, make Ontario cleaner, improve product safety and promote innovative competition.  Ontario can’t afford to put waste management challenges out on the curb and pretend that they don’t exist.”

Ontario’s garbage woes are greater than most people realize:

  • Canadians generate more waste per capita than anyone else in the developed world, based on a report from the Conference Board of Canada.
  • People who generate less waste tend to pay for their neighbour’s garbage through property taxes.
  • More complex wastes, such as plastics, solvents and electronics, drive-up property taxes and are harder to dispose of safely. 
  • Since 1989, Ontario has filled up 649 of its 730 landfills. With only 81 landfills left, we must choose to reduce waste and recycle more, or create more landfills in our communities. 
  • 40 per cent of Ontario’s garbage is shipped to the United States.
  • Ontario’s successes apply to limited types of waste.  There are still relatively few incentives for manufacturers and industry to reduce waste or improve products and packaging.
  • The cost of cleaning up environmental damage is far greater for taxpayers than preventing pollution in the first place.  
AMO supports increased personal responsibility for the garbage that people and businesses create.  Holding producers more directly accountable for the waste they generate is the only way to reduce waste, improve efficiency, lower costs and better protect our environment.  More information about Ontario’s growing waste management challenges is available at www.amo.on.ca.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.
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