Accelerating Circular Economic Behaviour and Waste Reduction in the IC&I Sector
RCO Knowledge Sessions
Accelerating Circular Economic Behaviour and Waste Reduction in the
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Statistics Canada are consistent in reporting that Ontario’s waste diversion rate in the IC&I sector remains at a low 25 per cent. There are significant differences and various factors that contribute to the performance disparity between municipal and IC&I collection, including recycling and composting programs procured on a fee for service basis paid for on a building or portfolio basis that challenges economies of scale and costing structures. Coupled with a lack of regulated performance standards and reporting requirements there is limited means to motivate improvement.
In spring 2016 RCO convened an Advisory Committee representative of the diverse IC&I sector to inform a strategy and set of resources intended to advance the circular economy and improve waste reduction performance. Discussions from the committee inform the basis of this session.
Topics to be explored:
- State of affairs for tracking and reporting performance, improving accuracy and transparency
- Barriers and opportunities to improve organics management
- Linking procurement of goods and services with waste reduction objectives
- Product and service providers shifting business models to respond
- Role of the private sector and collective buying groups