The Ontario Government proclaimed the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016, enacted by the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016, on November 30. This framework will help Ontario move towards a circular economy, which will increase resource recovery and reduce waste.
As this legislation came into effect, the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 was repealed. In addition, new regulations for existing diversion programs under the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 also came into effect.
Waste Diversion Ontario has now been overhauled to become the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (the Authority). The Minister has appointed the initial board for the Authority. The ministry will next release the proposed Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building a Circular Economy for further consultation prior to finalizing it.
At Working Knowledge, we heartily applaud this significant progress, and look forward to the substantial gains it will afford our province!