The government also wants to expand the list of materials accepted in the blue box to include items such as paper and plastic cups, as well as other single-use plastic items.
You can find all of the proposed changes here.
The City of Toronto, which has indicated its desire to join the program, has said in reports that EPR will mark a “fundamental change” in the way it handles waste and will also affect what homeowners pay.
It is still unclear how much the solid waste bills would change as a result.
Jeff Yurek, Ontario Minister of the Environment, previously said the change would save municipalities millions of dollars and encourage industry to minimize and improve packaging. The government sets the savings for all municipalities at $ 135 million per year.
Environmental groups, however, have urged the government to make the right change and are already suggesting they have concerns.
“At this point, the thinking is really focused exclusively on residential waste – it is possible that some Ontarians may not receive a recycling service, and we are concerned about how the recycling targets have been set,” said Ashley. Wallis, responsible for the plastics program at Environmental Defense, recently told CBC Toronto.
Monday’s announcement comes as Canada begins marking Waste Reduction Week.
CBC News has produced a series of articles on the successes and failures of recycling and waste management. You can find more here on our “Rethinking Recycling” page.