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Liberals to phase out eco fees in Ontario

Date November 26, 2015 Author Jason Smith Categories Industry News
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Queen’s Park is phasing out eco-fees on consumer electronics and other products and radically revamping waste diversion programs to force manufacturers to package less.

Queen’s Park is phasing out eco fees on consumer electronics and other products and radically revamping waste diversion programs to force manufacturers to package less, the Star has learned.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray is to introduce sweeping new legislation Thursday that will ultimately eliminate Waste Diversion Ontario, the controversial industry-run agency overseeing provincial recycling programs.
Murray’s bill, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, is the framework for “building the circular economy” in the province, government sources said Wednesday.

“A shift to a circular economy encourages businesses to design long-lasting, reusable and easily recyclable products,” according to a 36-page draft document outlining the new approach.

“Transitioning to this type of economy requires a change in the way we think about waste, in how products and packaging are designed to reduce waste, and in how they are managed to maximize resource recovery.”

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