Is Your Business Ready for Tough Waste Legislature?

“Circular Economy” is a globally used term to describe the future of waste management.  In a Circular Economy focus is on preventing waste rather than relying on the traditional “3 R’s” to manage waste.

A “Circular Economy” means keeping resources in use as long as possible, extracting maximum value from resources while in use and recovering and or regenerating products and materials at the end of a products service life. Traditionally Ontario has had a “linear Economy” which requires producers to simply make a product and/or packaging so that we may use it and then simply dispose of it to the landfills. The “Waste Free Ontario act” was passed in 2016 on the heels of the grim realization that given the current use of landfills and population growth Ontario will need 16 new or expanded landfill sites by 2050 if no progress toward waste reduction is made.  Ontario has set ambitious goals for moving toward a circular economy with waste diversion rates of 30% by the year 2020, 50% by the year 2030 and 80% by the year 2050

The framework for the circular economy in Ontario will require producers to take full responsibility for recovering resources and reducing the waste associated with the production and packaging of their own products. Thus making producers responsible for the end-of-life management of the products and/or packaging they produce.

A circular economy will drive innovation through encouraging producers to pilot their business models based on ‘extended product life cycle thinking’ rather than ‘use and dispose thinking’. Products in a circular economy must be easier to repair, reuse, remanufacture and recycle affecting a change in how the value of material used in production and packaging are viewed. Businesses that currently collect, process and broker recovered waste material and business that manufacture and distribute products made from recovered materials used in production and packaging are already operating within the circular economy framework.

The “Recovery and Circular Economy act” was passed in 2016 to establish government direction which will ensure producers are environmentally accountable.  “Full producer responsibility” will ensure that product and packaging producers will be financially responsible for recovering the resources they use and reducing the waste associated with their business.  A ‘Resource Productivity and Recovering Authority’ will run a registry and data base as well as enforcement activities to ensure producers are meeting the new standards.

Is your business ready?

Power Pak offers free waste stream analysis to help you prepare. With innovative planning and equipment, Power Pak is here to help you plan for the future of business in Ontario.