Halton WasteLess News - Spring 2014
In April 2013, Halton Region added new materials to its Blue Box program, made larger Blue Boxes available for pick up, reduced the garbage limit and introduced garbage tags. These program changes are working!
Thanks to the efforts of Halton residents, there is now a lot more recycling and composting, and a lot less garbage.
From April to December 2013, Halton Region collected 6.9 per cent more Blue Box and GreenCart materials compared to the same time period the year previous. In addition, Halton collected 3 per cent less garbage from April to December 2013, compared to the same time period in 2012.
This increase in recycling and composting, and decrease in garbage, is a tremendous achievement. Halton residents are diverting 60 per cent of single-family household waste by participating in Blue Box, GreenCart, yard waste, household hazardous waste and reuse programs! But there’s more that can be done to conserve our landfill.
Reduce your garbage. Recycle & Compost!
By placing all acceptable recyclable and compostable materials in your Blue Box and GreenCart, you can decrease your garbage by 44 per cent. By recycling and composting more, you will help extend the life of Halton’s landfill and protect the environment every week.
Studies show there’s still nine per cent Blue Box material in the garbage in Halton. The top three Blue Box items appearing in the garbage are boxboard (cereal, facial tissue and toothpaste boxes; please flatten), fine paper (computer and lined paper) and glass bottles and jars. If you recycle these items, you’ll decrease your garbage, plus provide more materials that can be recycled into new products. For example, fine papers are recycled into new boxboard.
The average Halton household garbage bag contains 35 per cent GreenCart material.
Always place food waste in your GreenCart for composting. Remember to put paper towels, paper napkins and facial tissues in the GreenCart—it doesn’t matter if these materials are coloured or have fancy patterns or designs—they can all be composted. By putting food waste and compostable papers in your GreenCart, you’ll reduce your garbage and help create valuable compost used by farmers as a natural fertilizer.
GreenCarts Coming to Apartments and Condominiums
Starting in April 2014, Halton will begin implementing the GreenCart organics program in all apartment and condominium buildings throughout the Region.
There are over 400 apartment and condominium buildings in Halton. To effectively support these buildings, the GreenCart program will be implemented in all apartment and condominium buildings over a five year period. This five year timeframe will enable Halton to develop a successful GreenCart program tailored to each building which will meet the needs of residents, superintendents, property managers and owners.
The goal of Halton Region’s 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy is to reach a waste diversion rate of 65 per cent. A key initiative to reach this goal is to enhance waste diversion in multi- residential buildings. The GreenCart program will enable residents in apartment and condominium buildings to divert even more waste.
By recycling and composting more, you will have less garbage, helping to better protect our environment.
Find your waste collection day at Halton.ca/wastecalendar