Does Canada Need a New Disposal Pricing System?

23 October 2019: In 2016, only 9% of Canada’s plastic waste was recycled and as much as 75% of total waste ended up in landfills. Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission argues there is a link between the inefficient recycling system and the artificially low price that Canadian homeowners pay for garbage collection. The Commission asserts that the price, as it stands right now, does not take into account the full financial and environmental costs of running the service. They suggest an adoption of the Extended Producer Responsibility approach, whereby the responsibility and the cost of recycling would be transferred from municipalities to the companies that produce the materials in the first place. To find out more, visit the Comission’s website.