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The Ontario government updated provincial rules this year to allow bioethanol derived from non-recyclable municipal solid waste to be blended into gasoline.

Following a regulatory decision made on Dec. 21, 2016, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change amended Ontario Reg. 535/05 to make the necessary modifications to fuel standards to include a certain type of municipal waste under the definition of “cellulosic ethanol.”

The amended regulation, which came into effect on Jan. 1, currently allows ethanol to be derived from municipal solid waste other than compost, source separated organics, anaerobic digestion output and leaf and yard waste.

This regulatory change is a positive development for the sector and opens up new opportunities for investment and jobs in Ontario by providing incentives to process waste materials back into resources.

More broadly, this updated regulation will help the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the goals of the Climate Change Action Plan