Section 44 of the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 (WDA) requires the Minister to undertake a review of the Act, to inform the public of the review, prepare a written report on the review and make the report available to the public.
The Ministry initiated this review in October 2008, by releasing a discussion paper: Towards a Zero Waste Future: Review of the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, and undertaking a public consultation process.
The Minister's Report conveys the results of the review and launches a public dialogue on the Government of Ontario's proposal for changes to the waste diversion framework. The report examines the economic and environmental challenges and opportunities associated with waste diversion, and using extended producer responsibility as the foundation for Ontario's waste diversion framework. The report reflects many of the key issues that were raised during our consultations and recommends a path forward for Ontario that would make us a true leader in waste diversion, and supports a greener and more prosperous Ontario.
Ontario is proposing policy changes to its waste management framework that are intended to:
- Achieve greater diversion and deliver environmental and economic outcomes;
- Make producers responsible for their products and packaging, thereby promoting more environmentally friendly products, more investment in innovative technologies, and more waste diversion services;
- Provide the public with more opportunities to recycle more materials; and
- Place the province among leading jurisdictions in waste diversion.
The Minister's Report is intended to facilitate public and stakeholder dialogue on the Ministry's proposed waste diversion framework. The Ministry encourages all interested parties to reflect on their experiences and provide feedback on the proposal. Your feedback is critical to establishing a clear and effective framework for waste diversion in Ontario.
This proposal was posted for a 96 day public review and comment period starting October 28, 2009. Comments were to be received by February 01, 2010.
All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.