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Government of Ontario announces new waste reduction and resource recovery legislation

Date May 16, 2016 Author Jason Smith Categories Industry News
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Bill 151 goes into third reading in the Ontario Legislature

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 18 May 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 17 May 2016

Standing Committee Transcripts

Committee Transcrip: 3 May 2016

Committee Transcrip: 2 May 2016

Committee Transcrip: 19 April 2016

Committee Transcrip: 18 April 2016

Bill 151 goes into second reading in the Ontario Legislature 

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 16 February 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 17 February 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 18 February 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 23 February 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 24 February 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 25 February 2016

Ontario Legislative Assembly: Official Records for 1 March 2016

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For more than a decade Recycling Council of Ontario has been advocating for change in waste legislation, and we are pleased the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is going to making good on its commitment to address the waste issues that plague Ontario. We need a policy shift that marries the economic and environmental benefits of reducing materials lost to disposal and redirecting them into the production of new goods.

Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario.

If passed, Bill 151, the proposed Waste-Free Ontario Act will enact the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and the Waste Diversion Transition Act. The proposed legislation is intended to enable a shift to a circular economy that would increase resource recovery and waste reduction in Ontario.

Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act highlights:

  • Establish the provincial interest in resource recovery and waste reduction and enable the government to issue policy statements to provide further direction on the provincial interest. The policy statements would be developed in consultation with key stakeholders and the public.
  • Establish a new outcomes-based producer responsibility regime that holds responsible persons accountable for recovering resources and reducing waste associated with their products and packaging.
  • Overhaul Waste Diversion Ontario, the existing oversight body under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, as the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority with responsibility to oversee the new producer responsibility regime and existing waste diversion programs and their transition.
  • Establish the Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, which will outline a vision and goals for resource recovery and waste reduction and identify actions under the proposed Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and other acts, e.g. the Environmental Protection Act

Waste Diversion Transition Act highlights:

  • Replace the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 to enable the smooth transition of existing programs to the new producer responsibility regime.
  • Allow for the wind-up of the existing waste diversion programs and the Industry Funding Organizations (IFO) that operate these programs. Once programs and IFOs under the proposed Waste Diversion Transition Act are wound up, the Act would be repealed.

Draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy objectives:

  • Increase Resource Productivity and Reduce Waste
  • Enable an Efficient and Effective Recycling System
  • Create Conditions to Support Sustainable End-Markets

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has posted these items to the Environmental Registry for 90-day review and comment period. Recycling Council of Ontario will review these documents in depth and provide comment.

Links

Regional consultations on the proposed Waste-Free Ontario framework

Bill 151: An Act to enact the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2015 and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2015 and to repeal the Waste Diversion Act, 2002

EBR Registry Number: 012-5834: Draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy

EBR Registry Number: 012-5832: Waste-Free Ontario Act

 

 

 

                              

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