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August 24, 2001
Toronto Task Force 2010 focuses on diversion goals and stands by its made-in-Toronto Solution
  
As stated in January 2001, Toronto City Council has moved permanently beyond
the debate of using Adams Mine as landfill capacity for Toronto's residual
solid waste to making arrangements for waste disposal in Michigan and to
accelerating diversion initiatives. Council approved a motion at its January
30, 31, February 1, 2001 meeting which moved that City Council formally reject
the Adams Mine site as a current or future option for dumping the City of
Toronto municipal waste.

Simultaneously, Toronto made a commitment to increase diversion targets and
formed a Waste Diversion Task Force 2010, which in June 2001 made public its
recommendations for accomplishing these goals to minimize the need for
landfill. Based on extensive public consultation, including discussions with
industry and environmental groups, the Task Force published it's
recommendations in a report entitled, "Beyond Landfill: A Diverting Future."
The Report's recommendations, approved in principle by Toronto City Council in
June 2001, outlines a Toronto-based solution that includes proposing a
'three-stream' system for diverting 60 per cent of Toronto's household solid
waste resources from landfill by the end of 2006.

Chair of Toronto's Works Committee and co-chair of Task Force 2010, Councillor
Betty Disero, states, "Following the high degree of positive support the
Report's recommendations generated, we have been very busy working out the
logistics for the proposed systems and operational improvements required to act
on these diversion activities. Details will be made available this September
via reports to the Works Committee. We're urging residents to see leftover
household materials not as 'waste' but as a valuable resource to be used again
and again. Everyone has to be a part of the solution."

To recap the Report's major recommendations: The proposed three-stream
collection system will be phased-in for Toronto's 500,000 single-family
households beginning in 2002. To implement these plans, a Resource Diversion
Implementation Working Group was established to develop an implementation
program for policies adopted by Council, including the matter of adapting the
three-stream system for use in apartment buildings.

Under the proposed three-stream system, Torontonians will separate solid waste
resources as follows:
Stream One:Blue and Grey box materials will be combined.
Stream Two:Kitchen solid waste resources and other organics will be held in a new bin provided by the City and collected weekly for delivery to a new composting plant.
Stream Three:Residue (the dry leftovers) will be placed in a regular garbage bag.

Organics (Stream Two) will be collected weekly and Streams One and Three will
be collected separately on alternate weeks.

For further information or to view the complete Waste Diversion Task Force 2010
report, including the appendices, please visit the City's Web site at: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca /taskforce2010


Media Contact
Media Contact:
Councillor Betty Disero
Co-Chair, Task Force 2010
416-392-7011

 

 

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