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Monday, March 11, 2019

Province Seeks Input To Reduce Litter

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

Feedback sought on ways to divert and reduce food/organic waste from households and businesses

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is inviting the public to give their input on how do a better job of keeping waste out of landfills. 

A media release from Walker's office says his PC party is initiating a province wide discussion on reducing litter, and and waste, increasing and improving household recycling. 

Walker says "The province is inviting public feedback on proposals to reduce plastic litter and waste in our neighbourhoods and parks, including ours here in Bruce, Grey and Owen Sound."

The government is looking for ways to divert and reduce food and organic waste from households and businesses.

A discussion paper has been posted on the Environment Registry for a 45-day period.

The PCs also say they're committed to making producers more responsible for their product and packaging waste. They want to encourage new cost-effective ways for producers to recycle their products. 

The government argues, if producers are more responsible, it will also increase the amount of household material that is recycled and shift the cost of recycling from taxpayers to producers.

Walker says, "By making a concerted effort to show civic responsibility through our commitment to reduce waste and litter, we can all make a lasting difference in ensuring Ontario's environment is protected for generations to come."

According to the Government, Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person each year.

It says our diversion rate has stalled at 30 per cent over the past 15 years, and 70 per cent of our waste materials end up in landfills. Government stats say "60 per cent of food and organic waste in Ontario is sent to landfill, emitting methane - a potent greenhouse gas."

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