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Ontario passes new waste-free act to fight climate change

Staff writer |
Ontario passed legislation that will divert more waste from landfills, create jobs and help fight climate change.

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Currently, Ontario is producing too much waste, and not recycling enough. Over eight million tonnes of waste is sent to landfill each year. Absolute greenhouse gas emissions from Ontario's waste have risen by 25 percent between 1990 and 2012 as the amount of waste disposed in landfills has increased.

Every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill generates seven full-time jobs, $360,000 in wages (paying above the provincial average) and $711,000 in GDP.

Every year in Canada, an estimated $1 billion in valuable resources is lost to landfill.

Eventually the Waste-Free Ontario Act will eliminate industry funding organizations such as the Ontario Tire Stewardship and Ontario Electronic Stewardship.

The Blue Box program is available in about 95 percent of Ontario households and keeps approximately 65 percent of residential printed paper and packaging from landfills.

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