TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario supports holding individual producers more responsible for the
costs of waste created by their products and packaging.
"Our populations are growing, our landfills are shrinking and products
are becoming more difficult to dispose or recycle," said AMO President
Russ Powers. "For too long, businesses have been able to pass waste
costs off to property taxpayers, who have been left holding the bag -
and the bill".
Although most Ontarians do their share by recycling, the amount of waste
- and costs for managing it - continue to grow. The proposed Waste Reduction Act moves towards greater producer responsibility for recycling costs.
"Businesses need the additional incentive to reduce waste, improve
products and packaging and use resources more efficiently", Mr. Powers
said. "These efforts will make them more competitive, while protecting
The proposed bill clearly recognizes municipalities' critical role in
waste collection and diversion.
"It should provide taxpayer's relief through greater industry funding
for the Blue Box Program in the long term", said Peter Hume, Chair of
the AMO Waste Management Task Force. "AMO looks forward to consulting
with the Province on the details of the legislation and the transition
to this new approach".
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances 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 system.
SOURCE: Association of Municipalities of Ontario
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