TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) welcomes today's release of the Ontario Environmental
Commissioner Gord Miller's Annual Report, Engaging Solutions. In the report, he called upon the recently elected provincial
government to make waste diversion one of its top environmental
"AMO has long said that Ontario will be in a heap of trouble if we don't
change waste management policies to ensure that we improve waste
diversion and change the way we pay for related costs," said AMO
President Gary McNamara. "Ontario's Environmental Commissioner was
right to point to the urgent need to get down to business after too
many years of wasted opportunities and talk."
AMO supports the Commissioner's call for new and dramatic changes to
Ontario's waste management framework to increase waste diversion and to
hold industry stewards responsible for the disposal costs of what
While putting garbage at the curb and forgetting about it might be
convenient, it is not cheap, and it is certainly not smart. Waste
diversion makes far more sense, but it only works when consumers and
producers accept greater responsibility for the waste they create.
Ontario needs a long-term, sustainable waste management strategy. As the
Environmental Commissioner pointed out, failure to create and implement
such a strategy hasn't been for a lack of policy tools and solutions.
The Commissioner's Report outlined 19 separate proposals that have been
tabled to improve waste management and diversion practices in Ontario,
stressing the need to act quickly to turn these proposals into action.
Some of the proposed policies include:
Banning designated materials from disposal.
Shifting waste diversion programs from extended producer responsibility
(EPR) to individual producer responsibility (IPR), making producers
fully responsible for meeting waste diversion requirements for the
waste they create.
Prohibiting producers and retailers from making their environmental
management costs (steward fees) visible as separate charges at point of
Requiring retailers to take back products at end-of-life.
Streamlining the governance and administration of waste diversion
programs by: clarifying roles and responsibilities; introducing a
clearer set of checks and balances; introducing more effective
compliance tools and penalties.
With diversion rates at 23 per cent it is clear that much more needs to
be done. Ontario is quickly running out of landfill space, and we are
already shipping 35 per cent of our waste to the United States.
"AMO is counting on all political parties to work together to build a
comprehensive waste management strategy for Ontario," said McNamara.
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
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