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(This op-ed has also been published in the February/March issue of Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine.)

The Ontario government has convened a new working group to help develop a Food and Organic Waste Framework to guide the province’s efforts to increase organics diversion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The working group met last week to go over the government’s plan, which includes an aggressive timeline for developing new policies related to organic waste.

Leading up to the next election, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change intends to establish a policy statement on organic waste this summer and then post a draft Organics Action Plan for comment in the fall of 2017 before releasing the final document in the spring of 2018.

To assist with the development of the action plan and the policy statement, MOECC will consult with the members of the working group to establish a plan for the reduction and diversion of organic waste. The OWMA will be linking its participation on the working group with our Organics Diversion Committee to ensure member feedback is represented.

At the same time, the government is working with the Climate Action Reserve to adapt existing protocols under the Western Climate Initiative to govern the sale and trading of offset credits for organics diversion within the province’s cap-and-trade market. These offset credits will provide a financial incentive to invest in the compost and biogas sectors while complementing the Environment Ministry’s other organics policies.

The government’s decision to develop an Organic Action Plan and establish offset protocols for organics diversion follow several recommendations that the OWMA has advocated for in our ReThink Organic Waste paper in 2015 and in our most recent submission to the government.