Waste-Free Ontario Act in Full Effect
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:
- Schedule 1: Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act: Sections 1 – 32, 34 – 108
- Schedule 2: Waste Diversion Transition Act: Sections 1 – 55, 65 – 73, Section 75 (Waste Diversion Act)
Items of note now underway:
- Repeal the Waste Diversion Act
- Establish the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority with five Minister-appointees to the board of directors (PDF)
- Begin process of overhauling Waste Diversion Ontario into the newly established Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority
- Allow for opportunities for the Minister to provide direction that initiates the winding down of the existing Industry Funding Organizations and their respective programs
- New regulations for existing diversion programs under the Waste Diversion Transition Act
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