Ontario generates 11.6 million tonnes of waste per year. The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Discussion Paper on Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities builds on the actions outlined in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to reduce and divert food and organic waste by developing guidance to help municipalities, businesses and institutions meet targets.
Ontario farmers already participate in recycling programs that involve the recycling of pesticide and fertilizer containers, feed, seed and pesticide bags, plastic bale wrap and many other items used on the farm.
OFA is working with municipal and provincial governments, industry, and the agricultural sector to develop fair and equitable processes for rural Ontario to manage organic wastes. A Producer Responsibility Framework must recognize the barriers of rural waste diversion costs for pick-up, drop-off, and collection, to determine the logistics of cost-effective recovery of products in rural Ontario.
Rural Ontario needs an integrated waste management system that incorporates strong diversion, reuse and recycling components. Agricultural product packaging and organic waste needs an integrated approach using best management practices and guidelines throughout the supply chain instead of imposed prescriptive regulations.