Too much of Ontario’s waste is going to landfill: enviro watchdog

The old adage may be “waste not, want not,” but Ontario’s environmental watchdog warns the province’s waste diversion efforts are wanting.

“Ontario has a waste problem

; every year, Ontario produces nearly one tonne of waste per person and three-quarters of this ends up in landfills,” Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe said .

Much of that can, and should, be diverted, said Saxe, who noted that far too much food waste and other organic material is ending up in landfills, releasing pollutants (such as) methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.”

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