Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement

Published on October 01, 2020

The Ontario Government is seeking public input on the proposal to reduce the amount of food and organic waste going to landfills.


Ontario is consulting on proposed amendments to the Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement which provides direction to municipalities, industrial and commercial businesses, and institutions on reducing and diverting food and organic waste.


Proposed changes to the policy statement would:

  • Clarify and expand the types of materials that may be collected in municipal green bins and other collection systems, including certain compostable products and packages such as certified compostable coffee pods.
  • Support consumers and businesses in making better decisions about packaging and food waste and spur innovation in the management and processing of compostable products.
  • Reduce waste from going to the landfill.


The province will also work with municipalities, businesses and institutions to identify ways they can improve their tracking and reporting of their efforts to meet waste reduction and diversion targets.


These actions, together with other waste reduction initiatives, are part of this government's commitment to reducing litter and waste in our communities, as well as making waste reduction, reuse, and recycling easier for the people of Ontario.


How to participate


The public can provide their feedback on amendments to the Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement, which is open for public comment on the Environmental Registry until November 14, 2020. These comments will help inform updates to the policy which are designed to prevent and reduce food waste and explore innovative options for compostable packaging changes.


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