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Posted November 29, 2012

Energy & Environment

Propane Industry Supports Private Sector Solutions for Recycling

OTTAWA - The Canadian Propane Association (CPA), representing members of the Ontario propane industry, welcomed the proposal by MPP, Michael Harris, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Environment Critic, to review hazardous waste management processes in the province.

“Propane has a long history of recycling and life-cycle management, and the industry welcomes the opportunity to use its expertise and resources to play a greater part in safely clearing Ontario of damaged and expired cylinders,” said CPA President & CEO Jim Facette. “The propane industry feels that unnecessary bureaucracy is not advantageous for optimal recycling outcomes.”

Industry members recently met with Stewardship Ontario, the provincial organization that controls Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste programs, to raise their concerns with the process. Under the current program, members of the propane industry pay a stewardship fee on new cylinders to fund waste management efforts. However, a large deficit has been accrued by Stewardship Ontario, as a result of failed Waste Diversion Ontario (Ministry of Environment) legislation, and that cost is now being passed on to propane industry members, on top of the already significant environmental stewardship costs. This financial burden may cause some industry members to cease operations or exit particular markets.

Representatives of the CPA have reached out to Mr. Harris, Stewardship Ontario and other affected industry groups in an effort to promote positive and effective changes to hazardous waste management practices.

“The province of Ontario is the largest domestic consumer of propane in Canada. The total economic value of the Ontario propane industry is $1.5 billion and it supports thousands of jobs for hard working Ontarians. We would not want to see the financial burden of this program be the reason that local businesses close their doors or increase the cost of energy to the community,” said Mr. Facette.

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