Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities


Waste management is the collection, transport, processing or disposal of waste materials, usually produced by human activity, in an effort to reduce their effect on human health and the environment.

Canadians generate significant waste. Statistics Canada reports that in 2014 Canadians disposed over 701 kilograms of waste per person.

Environment ministers are committed to taking action within their jurisdictions and through CCME to improve Canada’s record on reducing and recycling waste. Ministers envision Canada as a world leader in waste management. 

CCME’s current priorities in support of that vision are to:

  • increase waste reduction and resource recovery, including food and organic waste
  • contribute to the transition toward a circular economy in Canada
  • promote approaches that shift responsibility from taxpayers to producers and users
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector
  • improve waste management in rural, remote and northern communities

The delivery of waste activities is coordinated by CCME's Waste Reduction and Recovery Committee (WRRC).

CCME resources on waste can be found here.

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