October 19, 2017

Mr. Ernie Hardeman: This week is Waste Reduction Week. My riding of Oxford is a leader in waste reduction. When I was mayor of South-West Oxford, we created the first mandatory recycling program in Ontario.

In 2015, Oxford county council passed a motion to establish Oxford as a zero-waste community, which includes developing strategies to reduce solid waste generation and divert as much waste from landfills as possible. This issue is particularly important in my riding, where residents are continuing to fight a proposed landfill site in Beachville. If developed, this landfill would pose a threat to the town of Ingersoll’s drinking water and to the Thames River.

I’ve raised concerns about the landfill proposal many times in this Legislature, and I want to continue to push the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to block this proposal.

As part of Waste Reduction Week, I also encourage the minister to look at ways to improve our ability to recycle materials and encourage the reuse of materials to keep them out of landfills for as long as possible.

I also encourage businesses and individuals to look at ways to reduce the amount of waste they create. When we reduce, reuse and recycle, we can help keep our communities clean and healthy, and reduce our dependence on landfill sites.