As Barrie continues to grow, so does the demand on waste and consumption. The City of Barrie has implemented many changes over the past decade. Here is where we stand on our going Green initiative.
- In 2012, Barrie began a Sustainable Waste Management Project. This included the introduction of green bins for food waste.
- 2012 the Go Train began service from Barrie to Toronto in efforts to cut down on pollution from daily commuter traffic. It has since increased services to meet the demand.
- In 2015 Barrie began collecting household waste every other week, thus encouraging more recycling and composting of food waste. The Barrie landfill is estimated to be full by 2035.
- City of Barrie Curbside Collection.
- Also this year the city introduced a variety of policies to keep contaminants out of municipal drinking water sources (Source Water Protection). The Clean Water Act is one of the Province’s responses to the Walkerton water contamination tragedy and is part of Ontario’s strategy to safeguard drinking water from source to tap.
Presently The City of Barrie is installing LED street lights as a part of the Green Energy Act. This is a 6 year project that will save millions of dollars.
Barrie is currently working to create a thriving Monarch Butterfly community through a Monarch Butterfly Pilot Program. Monarch butterflies are at risk and this project give them a hand.
How can we as home owners contribute to Barrie's Green initiative? We must definitely cut down on our waste by using the organic green bins. Recycle paper, plastics, electronics, and batteries in the appropriate way.
Avoid contaminating our waters by flushing medications and other hazardous materials.
Plant more trees -- it cuts down on pollution.
Plant milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies. Help the bees by building a pollinator habitat.
Clean up your neighbourhood litter.
If we all do our share, our city will continue to thrive for generations to come. I hope you enjoyed this blog. Feel free to forward to family and friends, and share on your social media.
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