Toronto, Ontario, October 21, 2013 – Ontario municipalities need more help to address our growing waste management challenges.

That is the message of a special ad insert launched this week by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Municipalities provide convenient and efficient recycling and disposal for residents. But the materials used in products and packaging are get harder and more costly to recycle.  Even with industry support, property taxpayers must shoulder the additional costs.

In the past five years, municipal governments have invested $85 million to improve efficiency and added more than 10,000 tonnes of new plastics to recycling programs. Despite high residential recycling rates, Ontario’s waste – and the costs for managing it – continues to grow.

The proposed Waste Reduction Act moves towards greater “producer responsibility” for recycling costs. It also recognizes the critical role of municipalities in waste diversion programs. The provincial legislature is currently debating if the Act will move beyond second reading.  

“Businesses need an incentive to reduce waste, make greener packaging and reclaim more materials for new products,” said AMO President Russ Powers. “They can be more competitive, while working with municipal governments to protect our environment.”

The public service advertising insert will run in Ontario newspapers during Waste Reduction Week starting October 21, as part of the newspaper industry’s in-kind contribution to recycling programs.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances 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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