The Minister of the Environment gave an update on the Waste Diversion Act Review during the kick-off of Waste Reduction Week.

At the Recycling Council of Ontario’s kick-off of Waste Reduction Week, Minister Gerretsen revealed what municipalities can expect in the provinces soon to be released diversion strategy - “Report on the Waste Diversion Act Review”.  Some of the key aspects of the strategy are highlighted below:

  • The waste diversion strategy will be based on 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and will identify the 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 such as penalties for those who fail to meet their requirements.  
  • The framework will also recognize broader range processes and technologies, existing, new and emerging, on material recovery that can be reused or recycled. 
  • The government will clarify roles and responsibilities of all participants and will be looking to the governance structure and mandate of Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) as a model for robust and accountable governance.
  • The Minister also addressed the review of the Blue Box and the need to plan for the transition to full EPR, including municipal investments, consumer accessibility and service standards.
AMO will advise members of the release of the “Report on the Waste Diversion Act Review” as soon as it is available, and will provide information on the consultation sessions which the Ministry is planning to conduct.