TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) is running a special advertising insert in newspapers
across Ontario in September to kick-start discussion about waste
management issues in Ontario and how we should fund safe disposal of
our increasingly complex, and potentially toxic, garbage.
While eco fees have garnered much public attention, the big picture
about Ontario's significant waste management challenges has been lost.
Ontario produces more waste per capita than comparable jurisdictions,
our landfills are filling up fast, and 35 per cent of Ontario's garbage
is shipped to the United States.
Despite high residential recycling rates, Ontario's garbage grows
largely because we have few incentives for businesses and consumers to
reduce waste, recycle more and use safer products.
"People want convenient, safe and cheap waste collection, but very few
people know what happens to the garbage they throw out, or who pays for
it," said AMO President Gary McNamara. "Property taxes pay for most
waste management costs, but tax bills have little or no connection to
how much garbage someone creates. AMO believes that our environment,
and most people's wallets, would benefit from waste management policies
that promote greater accountability, personal responsibility and
Putting anything and everything at the curb and walking away is
convenient but expensive. It poses greater risks to the environment,
and it creates high demand for large-scale landfill sites, waste
incinerators or garbage export. All of this drives up costs for each
property taxpayer, whether he or she produces a lot of garbage or very
AMO believes that waste management in Ontario should:
hold producers more directly accountable for the waste they generate;
promote waste reduction and diversion from landfill;
create incentives to use efficient packaging that's easy to recycle; and
create incentives for the manufacture and use of less toxic products.
Holding those who create waste accountable for waste management costs
encourages greater efficiency and better environmental stewardship.
The public service advertising insert will run in Ontario newspapers the
week of September 19 as part of the newspaper industry's in-kind
contribution to recycling programs. More information about Ontario's
growing waste management challenges is available at www.amo.on.ca.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal
government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as
a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada's political
SOURCE Association of Municipalities of Ontario
For further information:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425