Province wants bin programs examined

Ontario has launched a province-wide probe into municipal green binprograms after a Toronto Star investigation found serious flaws withthe organics program in Toronto.

Ontario has launched a province-wide probe into municipal green bin programs after a Toronto Star investigation found serious flaws with the organics program in Toronto.

“We have to fix these problems,” Environment Minister John Gerretsen said.

“I want to change the regulations out there and I want greater oversight from the beginning to the end of the process,” he added, in an interview that followed the Star’s revelations over the weekend about Toronto’s organics program.

The probe discovered that thousands of tonnes of green bin materials ended up in gravel pits and landfill or — in the case of plastic bags and diapers — was burned.

As well, tests conducted by the newspaper revealed extremely high salt content in the compost that was produced, making it a killer for plants.

Gerretsen said he now realizes the provincial regulations governing organic programs are out-of-date and standard rules are needed for all communities.