Today, Minister Yurek announced changes to Ontario’s Blue Box recycling program. Unfortunately, this long-awaited shift of responsibility for Blue Box recycling from municipalities to the businesses who make, use and sell packaging will do little to reduce plastic pollution. Known as “extended producer responsibility,” the announcement signals that the new rules are light on measures to reduce plastics that end up in landfills, incinerators and the natural environment.
In response to a proposal to exempt a tire waste facility in Sault Ste Marie from the Environmental Assessment Act, CELA together with the Toronto Environmental Alliance, Health and Environment Justice Support, and Citizens' Network on Waste Management have urged…
This joint statement is a response to proposed amendments to the operating agreement between the Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks and Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (ERO 019-2886)
CELA joins 29 additional organizations in writing to the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson and the Honourable Patty Hajdu calling for adding “Plastic Manufactured Items” to Schedule 1 of CEPA
CELA Senior Researcher Fe de Leon blogs about hopeful signs for fundamental reform in 2021 to Canada's principle environmental protection law.
CELA Counsel Joe Castrilli blogs about problems with current notions being floated in Ottawa, some provinces, and within the petrochemical industry about whether to characterize plastic pollution as "non-toxic" but still regulate it under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.