Why “Less is More” is More Important than Ever
By: Mike Chopowick, CEO, OWMA
As a sector, we are worried about Ontario’s ability to manage its growing waste and landfill capacity issues. In this province, we produce too much garbage, and at this rate, landfills will be full in just 12 years. The future is now when it comes to the solutions needed to manage our waste and landfill capacity.
That’s where “Less is More” comes in. Consuming less helps more, and recycling more means less waste in our communities and environmental impacts. We don’t have the time or the luxury of delaying action. Each day that passes, we run a greater risk of needing even more landfills and capacity than we do now.
OWMA and our members are part of the solution, which is why we are committed to championing responsible, climate-friendly waste management policies. From reducing waste to increasing recycling and composting, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and spurring economic growth and jobs, sustainable waste management and recycling policies provide enormous benefits.
You can help
We all must work together to address today’s issues and focus on building a stronger and more sustainable Ontario. This means making concerted efforts to increase recycling, which helps Ontario create job and economic prosperity, address climate change, develop new infrastructure, and foster innovation and investment.
That’s why OWMA is encouraging Ontario MPPs to sign the Less is More Pledge. By signing the pledge, MPPs can demonstrate their support for recycling in Ontario. Through this commitment, MPPs pledge “to consume less whenever we can, while recycling more whenever we can’t”. Any member who chooses to sign will be provided with recycling tips, informational and promotional materials, and an official certificate.
I encourage you to write to your MPP and ask them to be a champion for sustainable waste management and recycling solutions by signing the Less is More pledge at https://www.bheard.ca/owma/.
Over the coming weeks and months ahead, OWMA will continue to look for opportunities to discuss our recommendations to promote recycling, increase waste diversion, and invest in necessary waste management infrastructure with MPPs from across the province. Transitioning to a circular economy is the solution to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable Ontario.
Sign the pledge at https://www.bheard.ca/owma/