TORONTO, June 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) today welcomed the release of a video by Ontario Minster of the Environment John Wilkinson that promotes the
benefits of waste diversion.
"There has been a lot of talk about eco fees in Ontario and too little
talk about our critical need to manage waste more responsibly,
efficiently and affordably," said AMO President Peter Hume. "We need
approaches that lower taxes, make Ontario cleaner, improve product
safety and promote innovative competition. Ontario can't afford to put
waste management challenges out on the curb and pretend that they don't
Ontario's garbage woes are greater than most people realize:
Canadians generate more waste per capita than anyone else in the
developed world, based on a report from the Conference Board of Canada.
People who generate less waste tend to pay for their neighbour's garbage
through property taxes.
More complex wastes, such as plastics, solvents and electronics,
drive-up property taxes and are harder to dispose of safely.
Since 1989, Ontario has filled up 649 of its 730 landfills. With only 81
landfills left, we must choose to reduce waste and recycle more, or
create more landfills in our communities.
40 per cent of Ontario's garbage is shipped to the United States.
Ontario's successes apply to limited types of waste. There are still
relatively few incentives for manufacturers and industry to reduce
waste or improve products and packaging.
The cost of cleaning up environmental damage is far greater for
taxpayers than preventing pollution in the first place.
AMO supports increased personal responsibility for the garbage that
people and businesses create. Holding producers more directly
accountable for the waste they generate is the only way to reduce
waste, improve efficiency, lower costs and better protect our
environment. 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
MOE Video to Promote Waste Diversion
AMO Backgrounders on Waste Diversion in Ontario
SOURCE Association of Municipalities of Ontario
For further information:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425