On November 26, 2015, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (“MOECC”) posted the proposed Waste-Free Ontario Act to the Environmental Registry (EBR #012-5832) for public comment. The proposed Act is omnibus legislation that, if passed by the Ontario Legislature, would enact The Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act and the Waste Diversion Transition Act. This newly proposed waste reduction regime would replace the existing waste diversion programs operated under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002. The Waste-Free Ontario Act endeavours to move Ontario towards a circular economy that increases resource recovery and facilitates waste reduction. The legal implications of the proposed regime include, among other things, holding individual producers legally responsible for achieving resource recovery and waste reduction requirements. The public comment period ends on February 24, 2016.
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