June proved to be a very busy month in Ontario – especially as it relates to material collection programs, including batteries and Call2Recycle Canada. On June 6th, Ontario’s Environment Minister, Jim Bradley, proposed the Waste Reduction Act, which if passed would place greater emphasis on individual companies to manage the end of life disposal of their products. This would give individual producers the opportunity to select how they will meet their provincially-mandated waste diversion requirements, whether individually or through a product stewardship program, like Call2Recycle. This is good news for Call2Recycle and its industry stewards, as it would allow a more-level playing field within the province. The bill will be debated in the Ontario legislature later this Fall.
In the interim, Call2Recycle continued its pursuit to be recognized as a provincially-sanctioned consumer battery collection program in Ontario. To that end, on June 26th, Call2Recycle Canada resubmitted an Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to become the approved consumer battery collection program in the Province. WDO could approve the ISP as early as October 1st of this year for implementation at a later date.
More details can be found at call2recycle.ca/ontario