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Preserving Our Land, Our Water, Our Health

McGuinty Government Creating Waste Diversion System
That Protects Consumers

Ontario is creating an action plan for diverting waste from landfills and keeping harmful chemicals out of our communities while protecting consumers from unnecessary charges.

The government is implementing changes to programs and policies under the Waste Diversion Act to ensure that:

  • Waste diversion targets are met
  • The interests of consumers are protected
  • Businesses have clear, consistent guidelines for diverting the maximum amount of waste
  • Municipalities are not burdened with additional costs and
  • Retailers understand their role and take responsibility for fair and accurate pricing.

As a first step, the government today released a new regulation that will ensure producers pay the actual cost of waste disposal instead of a projected cost, which is currently the case. This would change the payment system from one based on per-unit of packaged material to a lump-sum system. This is an industry-funded solution that puts waste diversion on a more sound financial footing.

The government is also directing Waste Diversion Ontario to undertake a detailed review of Stewardship Ontario's budgets and expenditures.

Moving forward, new steps will be added to the action plan as the Ministry of the Environment examines every tool available to protect consumers, control costs for municipalities and keep more waste out of our landfills and waterways.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's waste diversion programs are keeping more than one million tonnes of waste out of landfills and waterways every year - including harmful substances such as lead and mercury.
  • Since 2003, the Blue Box program has recycled over 6 million tonnes of household packaging and printed paper.

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“Ontario's waste diversion programs are about protecting the environment for Ontario families, now and in the future. They should not be about families paying surprise costs at the cash register on products. Producers should pay for the proper management of materials they put into the marketplace.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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