In early 2022 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) sought input on proposals for developing regulations on methane emissions from landfills. Comments received have been summarized in a “What We Heard” report, which can be accessed here:

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/canadian-environmental-protection-act-registry/reducing-methane-emissions-solid-waste-what-we-heard.html

Recommended approaches from the report (specifically related to organic waste diversion and treatments) include:

  • Bans on disposal of organic waste in landfills
  • Incentive to promote innovative treatment technologies
  • Regulations that are phased in progressively
  • Options that encourage provinces/territories to develop their own regulations
  • Options that don’t encourage the export of waste
  • Requirements that organic waste be separated by the waste producers and managers
  • Incentives to encourage the use of offset credits to help reduce organic waste disposal
  • Levies or taxes that reflect “the true cost of waste and greenhouse gas emissions and fund waste reduction and diversion projects”