Ontario’s Waste-Free Ontario Act marks a significant shift in how Ontario considers waste. The Act is intended to eliminate waste, increase resource productivity, enable efficient and effective collection and recycling systems, and increase the market value of recovered materials.
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.
It’s important the Waste Free Ontario Act and accompanying regulations expand these programs. OFA believes the Act should also ensure farmers do not bear any unfair responsibility in eliminating waste.
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.
For more information visit, The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy.
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.