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The Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy

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The Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy

Ontario has passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act and will be finalizing the draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, within three months of the legislation coming into effect.

Together, the proposed legislation and strategy would:

  • Foster innovation in product and packaging design that encourages businesses to design long-lasting, reusable and easily recyclable products
  • Boost recycling across all sectors, especially in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors, which will reduce waste and lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Incent companies to look for ways to make their recycling processes more economical while staying competitive
  • Shift the costs of the blue box from municipal taxpayers to producers while continuing to provide convenient collection services for Ontarians.
  • Develop an action plan to reduce the amount of organic materials going to landfills.

The draft Strategy embraces a vision of "an Ontario where we have zero waste and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector and where all resources, organic or non-organic, are used and reused productively, maximizing their recovery and reintegrating recovered materials back into the economy."

Ontario's vision would be fulfilled with the draft Strategy's two goals: a zero waste Ontario and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector. To achieve these goals Ontario would work towards systematically avoiding and eliminating the volume of waste, while maximizing the conservation and recovery of resources. This would also help the province meet its climate change commitments and help Ontario build a low-carbon economy.

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