On July 17th 2014 WDO received a letter from the
I am committed to moving towards an
individual producer responsibility framework by introducing new
waste reduction legislation in the near future.
In the meantime, the Minister used his powers under
the Waste Diversion Act to direct WDO to conduct public consultations
on how existing or anticipated Industry Stewardship Plans (ISPs)
1. affect the ongoing success and financial viability
of the existing waste diversion programs, including impacts from
the fragmentation of the programs;
2. affect any transition of the programs from the
WDA, to the new framework;
3. affect the collection, recycling and reuse of
waste in Ontario;
4. affect consumer uptake and protection;
5. affect fairness in the post collection
6. adversely affect the environment and public
He has also directed WDO to report back to him on the
results of these consultations and the impact on existing or new
As a result of this directive, on July 22, 2014 the WDO Board
met to consider the next steps concerning the two ISPs. In
view of the Minister's directives, "the Board has
determined that it must defer a final decision on these
ISPs." (Our firm is on record that the Call2Recycle
proposed ISP would adversely affect some of these issues, and
should not be approved.)
The Chair of the Board has today responded to the
Minister. As a starting point for planning the additional
consultations the Minister has directed WDO to undertake, WDO will
shortly distribute a report on the consultations held over the past
year on these ISPs. The report will outline who was consulted, the
issues that arose, and how they were addressed.
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