Toronto has launched what it hopes will be a new era in apartment recycling with the launch of a new City of Toronto recycling pilot project. This is one of six projects across Ontario that will use $305,000 in funds to improve diversion rates in hi-rises. The six municipalities are: Toronto, Windsor, Hamilton, Peel Region, London and Quinte.
Ten buildings in Toronto have signed on for the project. The first phase will involve assessing the content of multi-unit garbage, while the second phase will help to determine the best methods to increase recycling.
The announcement builds on action the province has already taken to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. These actions include the deposit/refund “bag-it-back” program with the Beer Store to remove alcohol beverage containers from the waste stream, an agreement with industry to reduce by half the number of plastic bags distributed, giving municipalities and the waste industry new tools to manage and divert waste from disposal, and encouraging new waste technologies by exempting pilots or demonstration projects, including energy-from-waste technologies, from the environmental assessment process.