The ERRC will serve an important role for the County under the new provincial regulatory structure. In regard to the OPF, the Waste-Free Ontario Act's Food and Organic Waste Framework and the recently-released Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan encourage growing green bin programs and reducing the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill. This ongoing shift towards diversion will drastically increase the amount of organic materials the County manages over the next 20 years.
The MMF will provide an indoor facility for the long-term transfer of garbage with the closure of County landfills (anticipated to occur between 2023 and 2028). It is anticipated, however, that the blue box recycling program will no longer be the County’s responsibility as it transitions under the Waste-Free Ontario Act by the end of 2022. Design of the MMF will consider this timing and the potential for short-term capacity for recycling.