Goal: Reduce the solid waste disposal stream through enhanced composting
Objective: Increase organic solid waste diversion by 10% over 2008 levels
Þ Expand the organic waste program to include all multi-family residences.
Þ Explore organic waste diversion for businesses
Þ Implement food scraps collection in schools.
Goal: Reduce packaging waste
Objective: Support the expansion of extended producer responsibility programs.
Þ Work with regional staff to advocate senior governments transfer some waste management responsibilities to producers and consumers (extended producer responsibility)
Þ Investigate opportunities to work with local businesses and business organizations to reduce the use of plastic bags
Þ Ensure the Corporate Purchasing Policy requires the purchase of reusable packaged products and minimizes the purchase of over-packaged products.
Goal: Reduce the solid waste disposal stream through enhanced recycling
Objective: Increase solid waste diversion to 70% by 2015
Þ Educate the public about disposal bans and reducing the use of excess packaging, using online and print communication.
Þ Implement Council’s approved solid waste plan (bi-weekly garbage, weekly organic waste collection)
Þ Investigate best practices for public space recycling.
Þ Develop a corporate policy that requires recycling at city sponsored events and festivals.
Þ Review of school recycling programs to ensure maximized recycling.
Þ Build relationship with businesses to encourage increased recycling
Þ Develop a corporate solid waste policy
Goal: Re-use waste materials
Objective: Increase organic solid waste diversion by 10% over 2008 levels.
Þ Undertake a worm composting pilot project and consider implementing a worm composting program.
Þ Review the city’s solid waste program to identify mechanisms to implement a comprehensive green waste program.
Þ Review collection schedules and pick-up frequencies to facilitate increased organic waste diversion.
Objective: Encourage the community to reuse materials prior to recycling or disposal
Þ Develop new ideas to encourage reuse opportunities within our community (e.g., city-wide garage sale)