The Minister of the Environment released the strategy on the Waste Diversion Act Review.

Last week, AMO’s Alert advised that the province was set to release the diversion strategy - “Report on the Waste Diversion Act Review”. The report was released today and contains all the key issues identified in AMO’s earlier Alert, such as: 

  • The waste diversion strategy proposes 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). It intends to identify materials, targets and timelines to meet the targets.  
  • Individual producers will be responsible for diverting the waste and provided the flexibility in how they meet this responsibility. There will be requirements for regular reporting and accountability measures including penalties for those who fail to meet their requirements.  
  • The framework will also recognize a broader range of processes and technologies on material recovery including Energy from Waste Facilities. 
  • The strategy identifies the need to clarify roles and responsibilities of all participants including the governance structure and mandate of Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO).
  • The strategy also speaks to the review of the Blue Box and transitional planning of this plan to full EPR, including municipal investments, consumer accessibility and service standards.
AMO, the MWA (formerly AMRC) Waste Task Force and our two respective Boards of Directors will respond to the government’s paper. We will also be keeping members apprised of issues as they arise and will be seeking support as we develop the municipal positions.