The Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 requires the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to develop and maintain Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy to support the provincial interest in having a system of resource recovery and waste reduction.
After a extensive consultations and requests for feedback the Government of Ontario has now finalized Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, which outlines the province's plan to fight climate change by reducing landfilled materials that could otherwise be reused, recycled, composted, and reintegrated into the economy.
It includes 15 concrete actions to build up the province's circular economy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, such as:
- Requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging, including small appliances, electrical tools, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mattresses, carpets, clothing, and furniture
- Implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill
- Requiring industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills
- Banning certain materials, such as food waste, beverage containers, corrugated cardboard and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, from disposal and driving creative strategies to reuse and recycle these items
- Improving oversight and accountability in the waste management sector, including by requiring producers to register and report on their waste management activities
RCO supports the overall goals and objectives contained in the strategy, and provided extensive feedback during the consultation periods. Read highlights RCO's response in full
Government of Ontario: Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy (PDF, 45 pgs., 5 MB)