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The calls for dramatic regulatory changes addressing food and other organic waste are echoing across international and domestic markets. Commercial food companies from producers, post-harvest handling and storage operators, processors and manufacturers, distributers and retailers will have obligations under the coming circular economy regimes to both recapture the resource value from food waste and to prevent its landfill disposal. The time for the food industry to provide input into these changes, both globally and locally,…

Jonathan Cocker’s latest blog entries entitled “Electronics & Batteries Producer Responsibility Consultation Ends February 6th, 2019” has been published as a featured post on Compliance and Risks’ blog. The article has also been republished in Advanced Waste Solutions’ e-magazine.

As part of the legal directive to transfer current government-overseen waste diversion obligations to a privately-run Individual Producer Responsibility regime (IPR), the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is currently holding consultations with stakeholders in the electronics/electrical equipment (EEE) and batteries industries regarding the coming circular economy regulation for EEE and batteries (and their packaging) and key decisions affecting industry are in the process of being made. What’s the Mandate? In understanding the anticipated reach of…

“Making producers responsible for the full life-cycle of their products and the waste they produce will help companies to consider what materials they use in and to package their products, and find new and innovative cost-effective ways to recycle them and lower costs for consumers.” –  Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations. A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, 2018 The change in government in Ontario in the summer of…