March 1: New Waste Reduction Strategy Announced
The government announced Ontario’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, which outlines the plan to fight climate change by reducing landfilled materials that could otherwise be reused, recycled, composted and reintegrated into the economy. The strategy includes 15 concrete actions, such as:
- Requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging
- Requiring industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills
- Banning certain materials, such 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.