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1.3.2

Evaluate and consider enhancements to the Green Bin/Green Cart Program.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
The new 2013 Waste Management Master Plan includes as a first priority area of focus, direction to pursue curbside collection policy changes to increase organic and recycling diversion (e.g. bag limits, bi-weekly garbage collection, and standardized Regional residential waste collection). The Plan is to also consider “user pay” options (e.g. bag tags). A report to Council will be forthcoming in the spring of 2015 with options for Council direction.  Green bin promotion and education will continue through various media, such as print, social media, events and door-to-door discussions and thank-you packages. Recent audits highlighted that households that participate in the green bin program set out 25 per cent less waste each week. In 2012, as a direct result of the Green Bin program in Waterloo Region, over 5,000 metric tonnes of GHG emissions were reduced.

Progress Update (September 2013)

Green bin organics is available to all single family homes in the Region of Waterloo. The program has been implemented at Regional facilities, offered to schools and is being piloted at some multi-residential sites and commercial establishments.

Public education is underway to increase participation utilizing various media including opportunities to meet one-on-one with citizens.  As well, curbside collection services changes (e.g. bag limits, bi-weekly garbage collection) within the scope of our exisiting collection contract are being investigated as a way to increase green bin participation.  

The green bin program is also being reviewed as part of the Waste Management Master Plan.

Progress Update (January 2013)

Green bin organics is now available to all single family homes in the Region of Waterloo.  As well, the program has been implemented at Regional facilities and to all schools requesting service.  

Green bin collection is being piloted at some multi-residential sites and several commercial establishments have agreed to participate in a demonstration pilot. Participation and waste audits are underway and efforts are focused on building single family home participation through various media including opportunities to meet one-on-one with citizens. 

The green bin program will also be evaluated as part of the Waste Management Master Plan.   

Progress Indicators

  • Increased participation rates
  • Increased number of tonnes collected for processing

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)