How Packaging Will be Recycled Under Ontario’s Legislations

The Ontario Regulation 103/94 outlines details on how recycling will occur for wastes from industrial, commercial, and institutional sources as well as multi unit residential buildings (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). This regulation has been designed to be a source separation program, and will include the performance of audits to ensure wastes are being separated correctly (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). More importantly, this source separation program is intended to maximize the amount of waste that will be reduced, reused, or recycled rather than disposed of in landfills (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). By outlining requirements on implementing source separation, the Ontario Regulation 103/94 is directly promoting businesses to follow the three R’s of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle) in order to meet Ontario’s overall goals of deferring waste away from landfills to be more environmentally friendly (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016).

The Ontario Regulation 103/94 targets combatting waste coming from the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors  because these sectors produce the highest amount of waste in the non-hazardous solid waste stream (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). As a result, it is extremely important to focus on how to minimize waste produced in these sectors which is exactly what the Ontario Regulation 103/94 works on (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016).

This legislation outlines waste audits and waste reduction work plans for all three sectors, which includes audits and work plans for packaging waste (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). One of the requirements that this regulation highlights for businesses to follow is the obligation to  have enough resources for the collection and handling processes of the waste they produce that needs to be recycled (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). This includes resources such as the correct containers that will allow for waste to be efficiently transported to recycling facilities  (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). Having the correct resources available during this process is very important especially in the case of containers. The correct type of containers are able to avoid problems such as littering which ultimately add on to the larger issue of waste harming the environment (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016).

Among the different types of businesses impacted by this regulation, large manufacturing establishments have a set of requirements clearly detailed out in this regulation which they must abide by. Large manufacturing companies must perform waste audits to account for all of the waste they generate as well as implement a work plan for waste reduction, and also implement the source separation program to ensure that the various types of waste resulting from their activities  are being separated correctly (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). Contractors working under these manufacturing companies are encouraged to partake in these waste management initiatives in order to achieve more substantial results  (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2016). 

EnvironFocus is committed to advancing sustainable waste management and the Ontario Regulation 103/94. As a result, we delight in accompanying large manufacturing companies in developing and implementing waste recycling programs. In this regard, we have established a partnership with the manufacturing company Carlisle Construction Materials to set up a take-back scheme with all their contractors in Canada, in order to promote the recycling of their metal packaging wastes. We will be working directly with the contractors of Carlisle Construction Materials and recycling facilities all around Canada to coordinate  procedures for the collection and recycling of their metal containers . By making use of its broad range of relevant partners, EnvironFocus will ensure a smooth collection of the metal waste containers from the contractors, and efficient delivery in nearby recycling yards. By working with companies and abiding by the Ontario Regulation 103/94, we can look forward to a better environment where there is less waste in landfills. We encourage other companies to contact recycling@environfocus.com if you would like to properly dispose of your metal containers, as without regard to how our waste is being managed, we are greatly harming the environment.

References

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. (2016, June 15). Guide to source separation of recyclable materials for industrial, commercial and institutional. ontario.ca. Retrieved June 27, 2022, from https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-source-separation-recyclable-materials-industrial-commercial-and-institutional

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