He is pleased with the appointment.

David Lindsay – (Image courtesy of Ontario Government)

Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller said the naming of David Lindsay as a special advisor for recycling and plastic waste is a good one.

Miller has been a longtime champion of recycling, reducing plastic waste and holding companies that produce waste accountable for their output.

“I have a long track record of putting forward ideas to help protect our environment,” said Miller. “Fourteen years ago I tabled a Private Members Bill to make producers responsible for the waste created by their products and packaging. While the McGuinty government passed legislation that claimed to do that, it hasn’t been successful so we need to do something about it now.”

Bills related to the environment that Miller has introduced include the following:

Bill 66, LCBO Deposit and Return Act – introduced April 22, 2004.

Bill 195, Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Product Stewardship) – introduced May 4, 2005 reintroduced March, 20, 2007.

Bill 217, Battery Deposit and Return Act – introduced April 24, 2007 and reintroduced December 12, 2007.

Bill 173, Reducing Waste One Pod at a Time Act, introduced November 1, 2017 and debated and passed at second reading November 23, 2017.

Miller noted that waste diversion rates appear to have stalled around the 30 per cent rate over the last 15 years which means 70 per cent of waste is going to a landfill site.

“I have faith that David Lindsay will work with Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Rod Phillips to find a solution that will really hold producers responsible for the waste they create,” said Miller.