Waste-Free Ontario Act in Full Effect

Connector Winter 2017

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the majority of the Waste-Free Ontario Act (Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and Waste Diversion Transition Act) officially came into force via proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario:

Items of note now underway:

Additionally, within 90 days:

  • Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is required to publish Waste-Free Ontario: Building a Circular Economy for further consultation prior to finalizing it. The proposed strategy will address comments received on the draft version posted November 2015. The strategy, once finalized, will serve as a roadmap to shift Ontario toward a circular economy.
  • The MOECC will post to the Environmental Registry a draft Transitional Operating Agreement between the Minister and the Authority, and invite comments from stakeholders.

Recycling Council of Ontario supports the Waste-Free Ontario Act and is pleased to see it in effect. It addresses provisions that will improve producers’ responsibility, and offers a framework that can transition Ontario into a circular economy that leverages resource efficiency to eliminate waste.

Source: Recycling Council of Ontario