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The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) released a new discussion paper on different policy options to tackle construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) waste and is inviting waste management professionals with experience in this part of the sector to provide feedback by next month.

The CCME, which brings together Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments, released the guidance document as a way to improve the reduction and recycling of CRD waste, which accounts for 12% of all solid waste generated in the country, according to Statistics Canada.

The policy options put forward by the CCME apply to all levels of government and have a specific focus on the diversion of wood, asphalt roofing materials and drywall.

The CCME discussion paper is available at the following link: http://www.ccme.ca/en/current_priorities/waste/waste/crd-waste.html

Comments on the document and suggestions to improve the policy options are invited until December 7, 2016.

The OWMA would encourage all members with an interest in this area of the sector to be involved in this consultation process. Our association has advocated for greater diversion of CRD waste and included our own policy suggestions in Rethink Waste 2015. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (905) 791-9500.