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York Region shares recommendations to tackle food and organic waste in Ontario

Input to proposed draft provincial framework emphasize short and long-term actions

Newmarket – York Region has proposed key recommendations to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change that bolster a draft provincial Framework to Reduce Food and Organic Waste in Ontario.

The Region’s recommendations focus on reducing waste, recovering resources, supporting innovative technology and promoting the benefits of recovered food-waste resources. These recommendations follow comments submitted to the Ministry in July 2017 providing input on key priorities for improving how food and organic waste is managed in Ontario.

“Together with our local cities and towns, York Region is one of the first municipalities to establish a long-term target for food waste reduction,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Building on the success of our SM4RT Living Integrated Waste Master Plan, the Region is well-positioned to provide guidance and input, and collaborate with the province on the actions proposed.”

While the draft provincial framework is a step in the right direction, York Region has provided recommendations that re-emphasize short and long-term actions be taken by the province to address the following four objectives:

• Engaging stakeholders already working on food waste education
• Addressing barriers to recovery programs in the growing multi-residential sector
• Focusing support on innovative technologies that align with provincial climate change and resource recovery targets
• Including compostable packaging and branded organics under the full producer responsibility program

“York Region continues to be a provincial leader in addressing food waste reduction in our communities,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “The Good Food program launched in 2015 is helping residents reduce food waste at home, school and work as we work towards the 2031 target of reducing food waste in the green bin by 15 per cent.”

York Region supports the Ministry’s efforts to address food waste and will continue collaborating with our local cities and towns to advance this work.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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