Blue Box Program Request Letter with Addendum

Ministry of the Environment


Office of the Minister
135 St. Clair Ave. West
12th floor
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
Tel (416) 314- 6790
Fax (416) 314 -6748

September 23, 2002

Mr. Tim Moore, Chair
Waste Diversion Ontario

 

Dear Mr. Moore:

I am pleased to write to the Board of Directors of Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) regarding three important initiatives under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002.

 

Subsection 6(I) of the Act allows for the Minister to serve notice that an operating agreement between the Minister and WDO is required. Please consider this letter as my notice. I have attached a draft of the agreement to initiate our discussions and ask that you work with the Ministry's member of the Board, Keith West, to finalize the agreement. The agreement should be ready for our signatures by the end of December 2002.

 

I am also pleased to attach the final regulation designating blue box waste under the Act. Pursuant to subsection 23(I) of the Act, I am requiring that WDO develop a waste diversion program for blue box waste in co-operation with an industry funding organization to be incorporated under Part III of the Corporations Act for the purpose of the program. I would ask that the program be submitted for my approval by February 28, 2003. An addendum to this letter provides additional areas to be addressed in the proposed program submission.

 

I am also requesting that WDO allocate the $4 million from the LCBO that is now available for direct payment to municipalities to cover their 2002 costs associated with glass beverage alcohol containers recovered through the blue box program. I would ask that this funding be provided to municipalities by the end of November 2002 using the formula and approach used over the past four years of the LCBO glass funding program. An audited statement concerning the municipal allocations should be submitted to the LCBO and the Ministry once the funding is complete.

 

Finally, I am pleased to confirm that $1 million in funding is being provided through the LCBO to cover start up costs of WDO. A formal motion from the WDO Board to the LCBO requesting the funds is required to initiate transfer.

 

I look forward to the completion of these activities and I thank the Board of Directors for its continuing commitment to waste diversion in the province.

 

Sincerely,

 

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 Chris Stockwell

Minister

  

  • Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) shall develop a Waste Diversion Program for Blue Box Waste (the program) in accordance with all legislative requirements of the Waste Diversion Act, 2002 (the Act).
  • WDO shall submit a public consultation plan to the Minister within one month of receiving the request for the program. The plan shall describe how the consultation requirements of the Act will be satisfied for the program.
  • The program shall include support for all materials designated as Blue Box Waste under the Act and which are managed by or on behalf of Ontario municipalities.
  • The program shall support, at a minimum, all categories of wastes set out in Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 101/94 under the Environmental Protection Act.
  • The proposed funding rules under the program will designate and define as stewards under the program, brand owners and first importers into Ontario of products that result in blue box wastes under the program. The program will include a rule to exempt stewards under subsection 30(1)(e) of the Act based on de minimis criteria.
  • The program shall include targets for the overall quantity of blue box waste to be diverted under the program, and per material targets for blue box waste to be captured under the program.
  • The proposed funding rules under the program will include:
    a. The method used to calculate the total net costs incurred by municipalities as a result of the program;
    b. The funding formula to be used for determining payments to municipalities, including variations in costs dependant on north/south and urban/rural differences; and
    c. A funding performance incentive to encourage program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • The program will include a plan, with funding provisions, outlining research and development activities to support and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of blue box waste diversion.
  • The proposed funding rules under the program will account for the voluntary contribution of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) of $5 million annually for calendar years 2003 through 2006, to be used for direct funding to municipalities under the program to help cover the cost of recycling glass alcohol beverage containers in municipal blue box programs, any administrative expenses incurred by WDO and the designated IFO, and efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of blue box waste diversion.
  • The proposed funding rules under the program will account for the voluntary contribution of the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA) of newspaper advertising with a value of $1.3 million annually and, in addition, annual funds for the purpose of implementing and monitoring the advertising program and any administrative expenses incurred by WDO and the designated IFO. The program will contain a plan on how the advertising will be allocated and administered. The funding rules will also contain a formula to determine when additional funding support from newspaper members will be required should the cost of recycling newspapers become a cost to municipal blue box programs.
  • The program will include a plan, with funding provisions, outlining activities to develop and promote products that result from the program
  1. The program will include a plan, with funding provisions, outling educational and public awareness activities to support the program.