The Carr Report - June 2011

Do you want more recycling options? Have your say about Halton’s proposed waste diversion initiatives

Building upon the success of the Blue Box and GreenCart programs, Halton Region is now exploring ways to further increase residential household waste diversion. As part of this process, Halton is asking residents to provide feedback on proposed waste diversion initiatives included in the Region's Draft Solid Waste Management Strategy.

The Draft Strategy identifies eleven potential initiatives that could be implemented to exceed the current residential waste diversion rate of 60% in order to reach a residential waste diversion rate of 65% or even 70%. These initiatives include:

  1. “Pay As You Throw” and Sustainable Financing – a partial user-pay system consisting of a container or bag limit where residents would purchase bag tags for garbage in excess of the limit.
  2. Enhance Promotion, Education and Outreach
  3. Expand Blue Box Materials and Review/Enhance Blue Box Capacity
  4. Curbside Construction and Demolition Waste Collection
  5. Enhance Multi-Residential Waste Diversion
  6. Community Recycling Centre
  7. Public Space Diversion and Recycling
  8. Enhance Textile Communications
  9. Mobile Collection for Household Hazardous Waste
  10. Expand Special Waste Drop-off Day Events
  11. Waste Exchange Program

To make it easy for all residents to provide feedback and voice your thoughts on the proposed initiatives, a brief online survey is now available until June 30. I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete the survey and have your say about which potential programs will be put into place over the coming years.

A telephone survey has also been conducted with residents to obtain feedback on the proposed initiatives and public open houses are being offered where you can drop in to learn more about the draft strategy and have your say. If you are unable to attend an upcoming open house on June 18 or June 25, you can read all the open house display boards (Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)1MB) online at www.halton.ca/wastestrategy.

To learn more about the Draft Solid Waste Management Strategy including the proposed eleven initiatives and potential cost implications please review Regional Council approved Report.

Thank you Halton residents for your waste diversion efforts; it’s because of you that we have been able to extend the life of our landfill from 2023 to 2032. The landfill is a valuable resource for Halton Region and is an investment worth protecting. Weekly participation by residents in Halton’s waste diversion programs has diverted 96,435 tonnes of household waste away from the landfill site – this is an incredible accomplishment!

Resident feedback from the public engagement process which includes the online survey will be incorporated into the final Solid Waste Management Strategy which will be available in fall 2011.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca.

Regards,

Gary Carr
Regional Chair