Miller to mark Earth Day with a debate on encouraging compostable packaging and increasing organics collection

Published on April 16, 2018

QUEEN’S PARK – Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka has introduced a Private Member’s Motion calling on the government to make Ontario a leader in the field of compostable packaging and encourage increased municipal organics collection. The Motion is scheduled to be debated on April 19, 2018, three days before Earth Day.

Last year the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario released a report entitled “Beyond the Blue Bin” which starts with the statement “Ontario has a waste problem.” A large portion of that problem comes from packaging and compostable packaging is a great way to decrease the waste Ontarians produce.

“This motion follows up on the Private Members Bill I introduced and debated last fall, the Reducing Waste One Pod at a Time Act, which would have required all single use coffee pods sold in Ontario to be certified compostable within four years,” said Miller. “People responded well to that Bill so I wanted to take this opportunity to further the discussion about compostable packaging.”

Miller’s compostable coffee pod Bill sparked a great deal of discussion both in the mainstream media and on social media. Just this spring a British Columbia MLA introduced a similar bill. And the City of Toronto is now testing the compostable coffee pods in their compost system.

“One of the biggest obstacles to compostable packaging is the capacity to compost it,” said Miller, “both in terms of access to organics collection and in having municipal composting systems that can handle compostable packaging as well as food scraps.”

In preparation for the debate Miller visited the District of Muskoka’s composting and recycling facilities on Friday, April 13 to learn more about how waste is being diverted.

Over the years Miller has introduced a number of private member’s bills designed to reduce the amount of waste going into Ontario landfills.