A waste free Ontario? Linear Vs circular economy

Apropos of the  Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario, announced by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray, why not watch this short film?

 

Did you know that, according to the MECC, over 8 million tonnes of waste are sent to Ontario landfills each year and that every year in Canada, an estimated $1 billion in valuable resources is sent to landfill?

We own too much. We waste too much.

The circular economy concept aims to design products and processes that promote greater resource productivity, reducing waste and avoiding pollution. This is a clear contrast to a linear economy which is a ‘take, make, dispose’ model of production.

According to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, “a Circular Economy is an economy in which participants strive to:

  1. minimize the use of raw materials;
  2. maximize the useful life of materials and other resources through reuse, recycling, reintegration, regeneration;
  3. minimize waste generated at the end-of-life of products and packaging.”

 

Cool! Go Ontario! Show us the way!

My personal goal for 2017 is to reduce waste generated by excessive packaging. Who’s with me?

Source: News release – Ontario Taking Next Step to Go Waste-Free – Province Increasing Recycling, Creating Jobs and Fighting Climate Change

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