Ford government reveals proposed changes to blue box recycling program

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The Ontario government has released a new proposal to radically change the way recycling is managed in the province – a proposal that transfers responsibility for waste treatment to producers.The concept, called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), would replace the current blue box system with the aim of ensuring that producers take full financial and operational responsibility for the end-of-life management of what they sell to consumers. Ontarians.

“The government’s intention is for producers to be responsible for designated products and packaging, including compostable materials,” says the proposed plan.

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.

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