Client Communication Notice – Province of Ontario’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario
The Province of Ontario has now released the final version of the Ontario Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario, detailing concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill. In order to identify the most crucial points of this new legislation, MASS Environmental Services Inc. would like to draw your attention to the below actions as the most relevant and vital to the operations of our clients throughout the province.
- Implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill
- Requiring the ICI sector to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills
- Banning certain materials, such as food waste, beverage containers, corrugated cardboard, and fluorescent bulbs and tubes from disposal
- Improving oversight and accountability in the waste and recycling sector, including steps to require businesses to report on their waste management activities
What Does This Mean?
As outlined in the final strategy, the Province of Ontario is developing a plan to focus on a number of factors which are vital to your operations, most notably Consumer Responsibility, and Food-Waste.
Ontario has now officially identified that a food-waste landfill ban will be implemented at the provincial level. Implementing a food-waste program is a key component in increasing your diversion rate, and an excellent way to mitigate your environmental impact. For every tonne of food waste that is sent to landfill, 6 tonnes of methane gas are produced, thus contributing significantly to climate change.
Requiring stronger consumer accountability and for businesses to report on their waste management activities is an important step towards ensuring consumer responsibility for the material that is being generated, thus minimizing unnecessary waste and improving the provincial diversion rate as we move towards the circular economy.
If your location(s) do(es) not already have a food-waste program on-site, please contact MASS Environmental Services Inc. to discuss the next steps. We have worked with clients across the country to implement food-waste programs, and our clients have received zero violation fines for regulatory compliance.
Regarding reporting on waste management activities, there is no better method than participating in a waste audit. MASS completes over 250 audits on an annual basis, in compliance with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Regulation 102 & 103. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact MASS Environmental Services Inc.
We encourage our clients to consider these next steps as a priority, as we work to future-proof your operations and ensure we take advantage of the most cost-effective solutions as possible.
Contact MASS today to learn how to get started
We will be happy to provide feedback and guidance towards your waste diversion success. Change begins with a single step … Take it today!