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RCO to provide feedback on Food and Organic Waste Framework

Date November 20, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Announcements | Industry News | News
The Government of Ontario has developed a proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework that aims to help the province build a circular economy and fight climate change in two components:
Part A: Proposed Food and Organic Waste Action Plan outlines strategic commitments to be taken by the province to address food and organic waste.
Part B: Proposed Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 provides direction to the province, municipalities, producers, IC&I sector, waste management sector, and others to further the provincial interest in waste reduction and resource recovery as it relates to food and organic waste.
Together, the proposed Framework sets a vision for “a circular economy that moves towards zero food and organic waste and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector” and considered a number of guiding principles: 
  • Enhancing existing partnerships with stakeholders and building new relationships
  • Building on progress made in Ontario and learning from other leading jurisdictions
  • Collaborating across all levels of government to avoid duplication
  • Supporting an outcome-based approach
  • Using evidence to guide decision making
  • Using regulatory and non-regulatory tools
  • Creating conditions that support sustainable end-markets
  • Increasing the use of innovative technologies
  • Enabling efficient and effective recovery systems
  • Recognizing the administrative impacts and costs to recover resources from organic materials
Framework Objectives
Reduce food and organic waste: Preventing food from becoming waste is a critical first step and has the greatest positive impact on the environment, the economy and society. Rescuing surplus food further reduces food waste and ensures that edible food does not end up as waste.
Recover resources from food waste and organic waste: Increasing resource recovery, in particular, from multi-unit residential buildings and the IC&I sector will help the province reach its zero waste and zero greenhouse gas emission goals.
Support resource recovery infrastructure: Turning food and organic waste into valuable products recognizes the economic benefits of a circular economy. It is important that Ontario has sufficient infrastructure capacity and innovative technologies to process food and organic waste into valuable resources, such as nutrients, and renewable natural gas.
Promote beneficial uses of recovered resources: Supporting beneficial end-products and sustainable markets for organic materials is critical. This includes making beneficial uses of recovered resources to support healthy soils which promote crop growth and enhance carbon storage, as well as end-products like renewable natural gas, electricity and biofuels which replace carbon-intensive fossil fuels.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change will be conducting two (2) webinars to provide an overview of the proposed Framework:
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Friday, December 1, 2017, 1 – 3 p.m.
Email or call 416-314-8335 by Monday, November 27, 2017 to register. Please note that registration tis on first come first serve basis.
This proposal has been posted for a 60-day public review and comment period starting November 16, 2017. All comments received prior to January 15, 2018 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided and reference EBR Registry number 013-1814.
RCO continues to take an active role in promoting food and organic waste reduction, and intends on providing feedback on the proposed framework.
Members are encouraged to review the proposal and submit their own responses. For those that wish to discuss this further with RCO, contact:
Jo-Anne St. Godard
Executive Director
Recycling Council of Ontario
416.657.2797, ext. 3




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