Did you know that, on average, each Ontarian produces more than 850 kilograms of waste every year? For the past 10 years, we have only recycled about 25% of our waste and the situation has not improved.
As current waste diversion programs are transitioned to the individual producer responsibility framework, we will be able to present the information we receive through our Registry on our progress towards a waste-free Ontario here. Currently, the waste diversion programs we oversee are still focused on diverting waste from landfills and recycling waste. Program results are reported by Industry Funding Organizations and Industry Stewardship Organizations on an annual basis and published in our Annual Report. Here are highlights from the latest reporting period:
Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program
Ten Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste materials are overseen by the Authority. In 2016, these ten materials were managed and reported on by Stewardship Ontario (antifreeze, oil containers, oil filters, single-use batteries, non-refillable and refillable pressurized containers) and/or by Product Care Association (paints and coatings, pesticides, solvents, and fertilizers).
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program
The Ontario Electronic Stewardship is responsible for the management of and reporting on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Program. Read their annual report for more details on the program's performance in 2016.