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The OWMA will participate in a working group that was formed last week by the Ontario government to assist with the development of new policies aimed at increasing organic waste diversion and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced the formation of the working group on Dec. 12 and invited several key stakeholders to participate, including representatives of municipalities, environmental groups, producers and the waste management sector.

The Ministry intends to gather feedback from participants to develop an action plan, as well as a policy statement, to guide the government’s efforts to reduce organic waste under its Climate Change Action Plan. 

According to the government, Ministry staff will work together with stakeholders to identify:

  • key issues and desired outcomes “for specific sectors and targeted materials,”
  • regulatory and non-regulatory tools to increase organic waste diversion,
  • economic and environmental implications of regulatory action, and,
  • performance measures.

The OWMA’s current position on organics diversion is summarized in our ReThink Organic Waste Report, which was released earlier this year.  

In it, the OWMA provides a series of recommendations on the government’s Food Waste and Organics Action Plan that would help increase organics diversion, foster growth in the circular economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The OWMA sent a letter recently to the government to rearticulate the path forward while identifying early action, such as approvals reform, creating offset credits and addressing accessibility for end markets.

To read the letter, click here. If you have any questions about the OWMA’s advocacy on organics diversion or the government’s working group, please, contact our office today by calling (905) 791-9500.