A new era in apartment recycling is set to kick off with the launch of a new City of Toronto recycling pilot, one of six projects across Ontario made possible by provincial funding announced in the 2007-08 Ontario Budget, Environment Minister Laurel Broten has announced.
“Toronto is a recycling leader when it comes to single-family residences,” said Broten. “Now that we’re taking a fresh approach to waste diversion in apartments and multi-family residences, the City of Toronto and the province are set to make real headway.”
Ontario has provided $305,000 to six municipalities — Toronto, Windsor, Hamilton, Peel Region, London and Quinte — for apartment recycling pilot projects. Ten buildings in Toronto have signed on for the project. The first phase of the pilot will involve assessing the content of multi-unit garbage, while the second phase will help to determine the best methods to increase recycling.
“All Ontarians want to make choices that are good for the environment,” said Kathleen Wynne, MPP for Don Valley West. “Our government is investing in giving residents of multi-unit buildings better options to become a part of Ontario’s waste diversion and recycling efforts.”
“Through our waste audits and our ongoing work to improve recycling, we recognize there is a lot of opportunity to increase recycling at multi-family buildings,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “Residents need the tools to make recycling convenient and ultimately part of their daily routine. These pilot buildings will test various in-unit recycling systems and help us determine which one will get us to our overall goal of increasing diversion from landfill.”
The announcement builds on action the province has already taken to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. These actions include the bag-it-back program with the Beer Store, 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 pilot or demonstration projects, including energy-from-waste technologies, from the environmental assessment process.
“The Ontario government’s goal is to help municipalities deal with waste effectively using the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Broten. “This project will help Toronto to develop real solutions to this waste diversion challenge.”
For more information, call 416-325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923, or visit www.ontario.ca/environment