[39] Bill 247 Original (PDF)

Bill 247 2010

An Act to proclaim Zero Waste Day


The "zero waste" concept encourages the conservation of all resources, including our precious fresh water and natural resources. It also stimulates economic and technological innovation that can lead to a reduction in the volume of waste produced by our society by transforming waste material into useful products. In promoting the reuse and recycling of waste products, we create opportunities for conservation, sustainable economic activity and an improved quality of life through a healthier natural environment.

"Zero waste" projects of various scales are already underway in many of Ontario's households, communities, schools and workplaces.

The third week of every October is currently recognized by non-governmental groups in Canada as Waste Reduction Week, making this week an appropriate time to recognize Zero Waste Day. 

Zero Waste Day will promote the principles of "zero waste" in Ontario and support community based, non-governmental and government initiatives, such as conservation and waste diversion, which help to reduce the ecological impact of our society's everyday activities.

Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Zero Waste Day

   1.  The Wednesday of the third week in October in each year is proclaimed as Zero Waste Day.


   2.  This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

   3.  The short title of this Act is the Zero Waste Day Act, 2010.



The Bill proclaims the Wednesday of the third week in October in each year as Zero Waste Day.