1.05.06 - “Clean up our communities: Commit resources to reduce garbage in our neighbourhoods and parks”
The Ontario government has committed resources through their Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan, and has reformed the Blue Box recycling scheme (set to come into force in 2023). A recent report by Auditor General found that the government has failed to reduce business and industrial waste, which makes up 60% of Ontario’s total waste. This promise is therefore partially kept.
“[P]rovincially the Ford government recently approved, after a contentious process and a series of late amendments, a complete overhaul of Ontario’s curbside recycling regime.”
“The audit found that the steps the Ministry has taken to date will not significantly improve waste diversion from businesses and institutions, and Ontario’s overall diversion rate will suffer.”
In 2018, the Ontario government unveiled the Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan, which includes a provision to reduce litter in the province’s communities. Various initiatives such as the Provincial Day of Action on Litter and the Surplus Food Redistribution Program have been implemented and supported. However, since none of these programs specifically commit resources to reduce garbage in communities across the province, this promise remains in progress.
“We made the following progress on the transition to the producer responsibility model […] Provided over a $5 million investment through the Surplus Food Redistribution Infrastructure program to help food rescue organizations divert high quality food to those who need it and out of landfill; Enacted legislation to establish the second Tuesday of May each year as Ontario’s Provincial Day of Action on Litter.”
“The Ontario government unveiled its plan to combat climate change Thursday, including a fund that commits public money to entice companies to reduce emissions. The regime, called the Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan, aims to keep the province working toward meeting the emissions-reduction goals in the Paris Accord. […] Other features of the plan include […] reducing litter in the province’s communities.”