Modernizing Environmental Approvals
Ontario’s move to a more circular economy will require significant investment in new recycling, biogas and composting facilities to process an increasing amount of waste diverted from disposal. Unfortunately, Ontario’s current approvals system cannot meet this objective. Simple changes to environmental compliance approvals (ECA) can hold back the development of new projects or the expansion of existing operations, which are needed to increase recycling and organics diversion.
In fact, some businesses and organizations can wait up to 300 days to get a standard approval required for a facility upgrade. These delays must be reduced to attract the investment in processing facilities needed to help the province achieve its goal of a circular economy.
To support and assist the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change with its objective to transform the approvals process into a modern “risk-based approach” that protects the environment and human health “while expediting service to business through process improvements, electronic service delivery and strategic application of resources.”
Read OWMA's letter to the provincial government on modernizing environmental compliance approvals, Nov. 2016