Toronto, October 21, 2019 - Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks,
released a statement today to mark the start of Waste Reduction Week
"Waste Reduction Week is an opportunity to celebrate our environmental efforts,
encourage innovative ideas and solutions, and help us all to start thinking in a
more envrionmentally conscious way.
Ontarians want to play a part in a healthy environment. Unfortunately, despite their
best efforts for the last 15 years, our waste diversion rate has been stalled at
about 30 per cent, meaning 70 per cent of waste materials continue to end up in
landfills. There is still more we all need to do to reduce the amount of waste we
produce, divert more waste from landfills, and recover its valuable resources.
That's why in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, we committed to moving Ontario's
existing waste diversion programs to a producer responsibility model that will promote
waste diversion, save taxpayers money, and incentivize producers to redesign products
to reduce waste and make them easier to recycle. The Blue Box Program will transition
to this model starting in 2023 to address the serious problem of plastic pollution
and increase Ontario's recycling rates, making recycling more efficient and consistent.
We are also committed to helping reduce food and organic waste from households and
businesses, reducing waste going to landfills or becoming litter, and enhancing
opportunities for Ontarians to participate in waste reduction and cleanup efforts.
Throughout this week, our government will be sharing helpful waste reduction tips
and resources, as well as updates on the important steps we are taking to address
the issue of waste and litter. I encourage everyone to participate in waste reduction
efforts, from cleaning up our communities, to donating used clothes, properly sorting
recycling, to packing a waste-free lunch, we can all play a part in protecting our
environment, because as we know, true environmentalism starts with meaningful action
close to home.
This week, and every week, let's explore ways to reduce waste in our everyday lives."