Lax recycling rules for industry described as the 'missing piece' in Ontario's waste management problem

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen

Regulating and reducing the more than seven million tonnes of garbage produced by Ontario’s Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector is the “huge missing piece” in provincial efforts to reduce garbage and prolong the life of its landfills, says one of the founders of Ottawa’s Blue Box programs.

The IC&I sector was one of the areas targeted this week by the provincial auditor general in her annual report of environmental audits. Despite producing 60 per cent of Ontario’s 12 million tonnes of annual waste, less than two per cent of the IC&I sector is required to recycle, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said.

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