Ontario Government Considering A Full Ban On Single Use Plastics

The Ford government is weighing a possible ban on single-use plastics, which include bags, water bottles and straws. Environment Minister Rod Phillips says the government is open to the idea. Ontario is also mulling a deposit return system for plastic bottles and other containers. The average Ontarian generates nearly a metric tonne of waste each year — and the rate at which that waste is diverted away from landfills has stalled at around 30 per cent for the past 15 years. That needs to change.

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From an Ontario Government media release:

  • Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person each year.
  • Our diversion rate has stalled at 30 per cent over the past 15 years, meaning 70 per cent of our waste materials continue to end up in landfills.
  • A total of 60 per cent of food and organic waste in Ontario is sent to landfill, emitting methane – a potent greenhouse gas – when it decomposes.
  • Every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill generates seven full-time jobs and $360,000 in wages, as well as totaling more than $700,000 in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Scott Fox
Scott Fox