The old adage may be “waste not, want not,” but Ontario’s environmental watchdog warns the province’s waste diversion efforts are wanting.
“Ontario has a waste problem; every year, Ontario produces nearly one tonne of waste per person and three-quarters of this ends up in landfills,” Environmental Commissioner Diane Saxe said Wednesday.
Much of that can, and should, be diverted, said Saxe, who noted that far too much food waste and other organic material is ending up in landfills, releasing pollutants (such as) methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.”
Environment Minister Chris Ballard said the government is willing to consider a ban on dumping food waste in landfill sites.
“Looking at banning organic waste in landfills is one option that we’re looking at,” Ballard told reporters.
“We’re going to continue, as we have all along, consulting and working with municipalities,” he said.