You scraped. You sorted. You hauled. 

While municipal programs vary depending on the community, people all across Ontario work hard to reduce and divert their waste. 

They scrape food waste into compost bins, sort recyclables from their trash and haul it away – to the curb or their local recycling centre. 

Ontario residential waste diversion is about 46 per cent – although it varies widely among communities. AMO estimates that Ontario residents help keep nearly 2.2 million tonnes of yard waste, food scraps, paper, plastic, cans and bottles out of landfills each year. Every newspaper, can and bottle is critical because Ontario’s landfills are filling up. Since 1989, 649 of Ontario’s 730 landfills have closed. 

While residents work hard and need to keep diverting, AMO is working with business and industry to improve Ontario’s waste management.

Industry stewards contribute to some costs of waste diversion programs, such as the blue box. 

AMO continues to work with these stewards and advocates for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).  EPR puts greater responsibility on industry for the waste they create. If we can encourage better products that are less wasteful and easier to recycle, we all win. 
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