As you know (we may have mentioned once or twice before), developing an efficient recycling programme is an important part of cutting down on waste, and ultimately lowering energy costs at your hotel or commercial establishment.

Since recycling plays such a big role in running a sustainable, and profitable, operation, we want to share a clip taken from a newsletter published by our amazing partners over at ORHMA discussing legislation that would boost recycling in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. Check it out!

A legislation to increase recycling

Ontario is proposing legislation that, if passed, would require producers to take responsibility for recycling the products they sell. The Ontario government this past week has announced the Waste Reduction Act aimed at greater responsibility by industries.  Ontario’s proposed Waste Reduction Strategy, also announced last week for public and stakeholder feedback for implementing the proposed act.

The proposed Waste Reduction Act and strategy aims to improve oversight and accountability of waste diversion by clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of individual producers, the provincial government, municipalities and a new Waste Reduction Authority. It will:

  • Boost recycling in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector, starting with paper and packaging waste.
  • Protect consumers from surprise eco-fees by making sure that recycling costs are included in the advertised price of a product. This move will also incent companies to look for ways to make their recycling processes more economical and stay competitive.
  • Allow for greater producer funding of the Blue Box program, easing the financial burden on municipal property taxpayers.
  • Foster innovation in product and packaging design.

The objective is to cut back on a number of entities that currently manage waste diversion in the province.  Stewardship Ontario, Ontario Electronic Stewardship and Ontario Tire Stewardship are funded agencies related to diversion work and created by the Waste Diversion Act of 2002, which this proposed bill would repeal.

Environment Minister Jim Bradley is calling these agencies “cartels” that have not been successful measured by the numbers- commercial diversion is at 12% while residential is at 23%.  Among the change will be the elimination of ECO fees. “The primary goal of our proposed legislation is to recycle much more of the 12 million tonnes of waste we produce in this province each year,” the minister said. It is expected that it would take up to 2018 to implement the actions deriving from the proposed act.

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