Today, Minister Yurek announced our government is seeking public input on its proposal to reduce the amount of food and organic waste going to landfills. Proposed amendments to the Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement would encourage innovation in the processing of compostable products and clarify and expand the types of materials – such as Club Coffee in Etobicoke’s compostable coffee pods – that should be collected by municipalities in green bins.
- The Ontario Government is seeking public input on its proposal to reduce the amount of food and organic waste going to landfills.
- We are consulting on proposed amendments to the Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement which provides direction to municipalities, industrial and commercial businesses, and institutions on reducing and diverting food and organic waste.
- Proposed changes to the policy statement would:
- Clarify and expand the types of materials that may be collected in municipal green bins and other collection systems, including certain compostable products and packages such as certified compostable coffee pods.
- Support consumers and businesses in making better decisions about packaging and food waste and spur innovation in the management and processing of compostable products.
- Reduce waste from going to the landfill.
- The province will also work with municipalities, businesses and institutions to identify ways they can improve their tracking and reporting of their efforts to meet waste reduction and diversion targets.
- These actions, together with our other waste reduction initiatives, are part of our commitment to reducing litter and waste in our communities, as well as making waste reduction, reuse, and recycling easier for the people of Ontario.