Ontario is helping households and businesses reduce food and organic waste through its new Food and Organic Waste Framework.
Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was at a food rescue symposium in Niagara today to make the announcement.
Key actions of the Food and Organic Waste Framework include:
- Reducing food waste from homes, businesses and institutions
- Setting targets of 50% and 70% for municipalities and businesses to reduce and recover their food and organic waste
- Expanding green bin collection of food and organic waste to more communities across the province
- Expanding food and organic collection in apartment buildings, condos and other multi-unit residential buildings, as well as shopping centres, grocery stores, restaurants and public institutions
These actions will increase the diversion of food and organic waste, which are shown to generate 60 per cent more GDP and 40 per cent more jobs than disposal for every 1,000 tonnes of food and organic waste collected and recovered. The framework will also help reduce the need for new landfills in Ontario and cut greenhouse gas pollution.
In addition, Ontario is supporting Second Harvest in its efforts to expand a food rescue program that takes surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and other vendors and redistributes it to local social service organizations.
The framework also supports the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. Through the act, the government is working with producers, in consultation with municipalities, to transition Ontario to a producer responsibility model. This model will help achieve higher diversion rates for the blue box, used tires, electronics and household hazardous waste.
Preventing and reducing food and organic waste and fighting climate change is part of the government’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.