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Will Toronto go to full cost recovery in Surcharge Agreements?

In 2008, Toronto's Auditor General’s Report on Protecting Water Quality and Preventing Pollution recommended that Toronto should charge industries the full cost of sampling, testing and treating their high strength sewage. In November 2012, Toronto Council considered, and rejected, the idea, settling for a small partial increase, presumably worried about driving more industry out of the [...]

Another waste diversion victory: batteries

A Saxe Law Office client enjoyed another waste diversion victory last week, when Waste Diversion Ontario rejected a flawed battery recycling proposal by Call2Recycle.

Municipalities awarded $115 MM for 2014 Blue Box

Stewardship Ontario must pay Ontario municipalities $115,172,322 for operating residential blue box programs in 2014, about $20 million more than Stewardship Ontario had proposed for 2014

Blue Box funding- change coming

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, told the Canadian Waste to Resources conference this week that he would have a new Waste Diversion law introduced into the Legislature, and passed, in 2015. Hopefully, it will clean up many of the drafting and design problems that bedevil the current Waste Diversion Act, [...]

Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law

Here is Meredith's presentation on Farm Animals, Manure and Environmental Law for the Animal Law section of the OBA. The presentation focuses on the manure produced by farm animals. In particular, the presentation looks at how manure is regulated and how violations of the acts governing nutrient management and discharges to the environment are enforced. Recent case [...]

Environment Minister: more consultation on used batteries

Ontario's new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has intervened decisively to stop Waste Diversion Ontario from approving now two controversial proposed Industry Stewardship Plans: one from Call2Recycle for used batteries, and one from Product Care Association for used paints and coatings, before his new waste reduction law is introduced and passed. On July [...]