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Ontario steps up efforts to divert more waste from landfill

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ontario is working to create a zero-waste future with the launch of a strategy that will divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and help fight climate change.

The province’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy includes 15 concrete actions to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.

These include 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, carpets and furniture.

Other actions include:

  • 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.

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