New City of Toronto Blue Bins boost recycling rates



    TORONTO, July 7 /CNW/ - Toronto neighbourhoods that have been using the
City's new Blue Bins for several months are recycling from 10 to 15 per cent
more, according to Solid Waste Management Services. Scarborough residents,
first to receive the Blue Bins, are using the extra capacity provided by the
new bins to put more items out for recycling.
    The larger sizes of the new Blue Bins are also a boon when it comes to
adding potential new materials to be recycled. The City is issuing a request
for proposals in the next few weeks to investigate markets for polystyrene and
plastic film. Successful responses could mean that these materials would be
added to the recycling program in November. Solid Waste Management Services
indicated that new materials could not be added to the program until residents
were provided with larger bins.
    "It's terrific to see that more items are headed for recycling instead of
landfill," said Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Chair, Councillor
Glenn De Baeremaeker. "Toronto residents have proven over and over that, given
the right tools, they are avid and committed recyclers."
    Increasing recycling was one of the three goals the City hoped to achieve
in introducing the new Blue Bins on wheels. The other two goals - improving
efficiency and reducing staff injuries - are also showing promise. The
roll-out of the new Blue Bins is part of the City's overall new approach to
waste management. Residents of single-family homes will, over the next few
months, also receive new Garbage Bins and be introduced to a new billing
practice that will charge residents for the amount of garbage that they
produce starting November 1.
    The revenue generated by the new system will fund significant new
diversion initiatives designed to drive the City's overall diversion rate to
70 per cent. Some of these new initiatives include bringing Green Bin organics
collection to apartments and condominiums, introducing new recycling materials
and creating a new curbside reuse/recycling program for household durable
goods such as mattresses, furniture and electronics. The new bin-based system
for garbage and recycling will also make collection more efficient across the
city.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Councillor Glenn De
Baeremaeker, Public Works & Infrastructure Committee Chair, (416) 392-0204,
councillor_debaeremaeker@toronto.ca; Geoff Rathbone, General Manager, Solid
Waste Management Services, (416) 392-4715, grathbo@toronto.ca


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