The City of Toronto continues to innovate in terms of recycling and waste reduction by developing plans to expand its successful "green bin" system to apartment and condo dwellers. The green bin proposal is part of a larger plan to help Toronto divert 70 percent of garbage from landfills by 2010.
"It's the environmentalist's holy grail," works committee chair Glenn De Baeremaeker said yesterday of the report, to be presented to council's executive committee May 28 and to city council June 20 for final approval.
"How do you actually get apartments to use the green bin? How to you get them to divert more than 13 per cent of their waste? It's all in that document: costs, numbers, programs, everything ... it's complete," he added.
De Baeremaeker said the plan, a major policy document by city staff in the solid-waste management and finance sections, will put Toronto on the map as "the North American leader in terms of waste diversion. And we'll have nothing left to burn."
Last year, 42 per cent of garbage from single-family homes and multi-unit buildings was diverted from landfill.
Read more about Tornoto's waste reduction/recycling plan here