Based on input received from stakeholders and the public on the discussion paper, the ministry has now made the decision to proceed and release the proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework. See link for details on the Food and Organic Waste Framework, EBR # 013-1814.
The Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy, released on February 28, 2017 commits the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to develop a proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste sent to disposal. The proposed framework includes two components:
Proposed Food and Organic Waste Action Plan which outlines strategic commitments to be taken by the province to address food and organic waste.
Proposed Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement, issued under the authority of Section 11 of the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 that came into force on November 30, 2016. The policy statement provides direction to the province, municipalities, producers, IC&I sector, waste management sector, and others to further the provincial interest in resource recovery and waste reduction as it relates to food and organic waste.
The proposed framework supports the provincial vision of a circular economy and the visionary goals of zero waste and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector.
The discussion paper posted on the EBR registry for comment on May 31 2017, served as the basis for preliminary discussions with the public and stakeholders to help inform the development of the proposed Food and Organic Waste Framework.
A Food and Organic Waste Stakeholder Working Group was also launched to provide advice on the development of the proposed framework and several broader workshops were held.