OWMA Party Platform Analysis
2022 Ontario Election Platforms
To-date, all four major Ontario political parties have released election platforms, giving us some perspective on waste sector policy commitments before the campaign for the June 2nd election officially starts next week.
The Ontario Green Party and NDP have released their complete policy platforms, while the PCs are expected to run on the commitments announced in the April 28th budget. The Liberals have released an Environment Plan as part of their election platform.
The Green Party’s platform includes a commitment to produce renewable natural gas from organic waste and use it to power garbage trucks and buses. The NDP platform commits to increasing recycling targets for producer responsibility, ban single-use plastics by 2024, and expand recycling and composting services.
The provincial Budget released on April 28th by the PC government omits any commitments or changes to waste management policy or diversion programs.
The Ontario Liberals have committed to divert and recycle 60% of waste from landfills by 2030, and 85% by 2050, use organic waste to generate renewable energy, and reduce plastic pollution and restrict some single-use plastics
Waste management policy commitments from the major parties are listed below, copied word-for-word as written in each respective platform document.
OWMA Note: To-date, the Ontario PC Party has not made any election commitments on waste management or waste diversion policies.
Preamble: Ontarians are working to cut down on waste produced at home, while the waste produced by large companies fills up our landfills and pollutes our water and air.
- Working closely with municipalities, industry and Stewardship Ontario, we’ll improve and expand the producer-responsibility model of waste diversion to include more sectors and set higher recycling targets.
- Ban non-medical single-use plastics by 2024: We’ll enshrine this in provincial legislation.
- Expand recycling and composting services: We’ll work with municipalities to improve recycling and composting service delivery everywhere in Ontario.
Cut landfill use by more than half
- Divert and recycle 60% of waste from landfills by 2030, and 85% by 2050
- Use organic waste to generate renewable energy
- Reduce plastic pollution and restrict some single-use plastics
Ontario is one of the largest creators of waste per person in the entire world and at current rates we’ll run out of landfill capacity in the next 11 to 14 years. As a province, we need to waste less and reuse more.
To help, we’ll divert and recycle 60% of waste from landfills by 2030 and 85% by 2050. We’ll update ineffective waste management and recycling in industrial and commercial sectors and hold polluters accountable for their waste. We’ll also expand the list of products that can be recycled in Blue Bins and implement a landfill ban for food and organic waste – requiring Green Bin programs to work with farmers and fuel producers to harness organic waste for renewable natural gas and reduce methane emissions.
Finally, we’ll prevent plastic products from becoming pollution in the first place by restricting certain harmful single-use products, establishing strong standards for plastics – including how much has to be recycled content and encouraging businesses to use packaging made from biomass-based polymers.
Invest in Our Own New Low Carbon Economy
- Give incentives for the production of renewable natural gas from organic waste and other renewable sources such as ammonia to be transported in existing natural gas pipelines and used to power government fleet vehicles like garbage trucks and public buses. This will reduce reliance on piped, fracked or shipped natural gas.