Breaking News: Ministry of Environment, Conversation and Parks accepts RCC’s proposal on single-use plastics in Ontario

October 3, 2019

Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, responded to RCC’s open letter to the government on single-use plastics in Ontario.

“Thank you for your letter expressing the Retail Council’s support for province-wide direction on reducing the use of single-use plastics.

Addressing the issue of plastic waste requires a coordinated province-wide effort to reduce plastic waste and keep it out of the Great Lakes and waterways, as well as our parks and communities.

Ontario is taking action to improve recycling across the province and address the serious problem of plastic pollution and litter, as committed to in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. We have announced the next steps for improving the Blue Box Program and transitioning the costs away from municipal taxpayers to make the producers or products and packaging responsible starting in 2023.”

See also: RCC’s Open Letter to Ontario Government: A harmonized approach to single-use plastics is better for business than municipal patchwork.

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