Brampton - On Thursday, April 11, Peel Regional Council endorsed plans to introduce a Region-wide, bi-weekly garbage and recycling cart collection program by 2016. The decision was made after Councillors reviewed and discussed findings from a year-long pilot project conducted in four wards across the Region.
Approximately 5,800 households in sections of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga participated in the bi-weekly garbage collection pilot program which tested four different collection methods; two cart-based and two bag-based.
“Moving to a bi-weekly garbage and recycling collection method is a smart decision which will generate significant financial and environmental benefits for Peel,” says Waste Management Committee Vice-Chair and Regional Councillor Richard Paterak. “It’s the right choice in service delivery, as it will drive our recycling and organics diversion rates higher, meaning less waste going to landfill for disposal.”
Staff presented estimates of overall expected benefits when a bi-weekly system is implemented across Peel Region (link to Council Report). The highlights are as follows:
• Expected 18,500-28,100 tonnes in waste diverted from landfill disposal representing a 4 to 6 per cent increase
• Reduced number of collection vehicles resulting in a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by up to 11,000 tonnes of eCO2 per year
• Net annual collection savings of $5 to 7 million (excluding program implementation costs)
Throughout the pilot project, participating residents were provided with weekly organics (green bin) collection and every-other-week garbage pick up and varying recycling (blue box) collection schedules. Yard waste collection remained unchanged.
“Results from the pilot project have provided us conclusive evidence that when garbage is collected every-other-week, participation in our recycling programs go up,” says Norm Lee, Director of Waste Management.
“Through information gathered from a variety of feedback channels, staff can confidently report that, on balance, the majority of residents were satisfied with their experience in the pilot project. While there was some apprehension among participants when they were first advised of the pilot project, adapting to the changes in their collection routine was not that difficult and many indicated they wanted to continue with the pilot program after it ended,” Lee added.
Pilot Program Finding Highlights (curbside collection specifically):
• Garbage tonnage decreased by an average of 13 per cent
• Recycling tonnage increased by an average of 4 per cent
• Organics tonnage increased by and average of 9 per cent
In addition to endorsing the move to a bi-weekly garbage and recycling collection program, Councillors gave staff authority to negotiate with current curbside collection service providers to allow for the implementation of a bi-weekly program before 2016, if feasible. Existing contracts are set to expire in 2015. Staff will also be developing a comprehensive implementation plan which will include education and outreach components to ensure public awareness and understanding.
For more information on the pilot project visit peelregion.ca/pilot
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