Is the above listed residential waste flow good enough? We can do better. How do we get there?
Recycling (Waste Diversion) is a very important topic to me, which is one reason I hosted a public information session on July 13th on the subject.
- The meeting was recorded and is available to watch at Waste Diversion Program Meeting.
On Wednesday, July 7, City Council approved a vision, guiding principles and goals for its plan to manage Ottawa’s solid waste over the next 30 years. The Solid Waste Master Plan envisions a zero waste Ottawa and outlines actions to achieve that vision, including through collective changes to lifestyles and practices. The plan aims to extend the life of the City’s landfill at the Trail Waste Facility by reducing the waste we generate, increasing how much we reuse and recycle, and reducing our waste-related greenhouse gas emissions by 100 per cent.
A report listing a High Level Long List of Options is available for your reference. The tables in the report present a list of high-level options identified to meet the City’s future waste management needs, a brief description of each and whether the option proceeded to the evaluation stage or not.
Your feedback is welcomed. If you are interested, the City is looking for resident engagement on formulating our Solid Waste Master Plan. You can reach out to Solid Waste Master Plan Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the “Question” feature on their webpage at Engage.Ottawa.ca/SolidWasteMasterPlan.
The Future of Recycling in Ottawa
Starting in 2023, the responsibility for blue box programs in Ottawa will be transitioning from municipalities to producers, meaning that companies that create paper and plastic packaging will be responsible for the end of life management of these items. This shift in other areas of the world has led to innovative packaging design to keep material out of the landfill.