Renewing Recycling in Ontario: OCC Submission

    Renewing Recycling in Ontario: Ontario Chamber of Commerce Submission to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on the Waste-Free Ontario Act

    Last fall, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) outlined its vision for a renewal of the Blue Box recycling program in Ontario. The legislation and strategy subsequently released by the Government in November shows promise for the kind of producer responsibility system that gives industry the freedom they need to create an innovative, efficient, and cost-effective consumer recycling system. However, the text of the Waste-Free Ontario Act also raises some concerns. We believe the language requires considerable clarification so that the goal of reform is not lost in the future, and that “mission creep” does not damage the productive relationship with producers that this policy requires.

    In this submission, the OCC lays out its primary concerns with the Act and draft policy strategy, as well as lists questions we would like to see the Government answer before moving forward with this legislation. We also propose a series of recommendations to mitigate our concerns, and to strengthen the Act.

    Read this submission.

    Renewing Recycling in Ontario: OCC Submission

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