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June 19, 2001
New System Will Divert 60 per cent of Toronto's Solid Waste Resources from Landfill by 2006
  
  • proposes recycling of kitchen scraps; and combining Blue/Grey boxes
  • new composting plant for 2003; others for 2005-06 to be studied
  • cost is comparable to the system that depends on Michigan disposal

Toronto, CANADA - - Mayor Mel Lastman and Councillor Betty Disero,
co-chairs of the City of Toronto's Solid Waste Resources Diversion Task Force
2010, presented the Task Force's report today, outlining a new 'three-stream'
system for diverting 60 per cent of Toronto's household solid waste resources
from landfill by the end of 2006. Toronto currently diverts 27 per cent of its
solid waste resources.

The Task Force began its work in January 2001 and its report is a product of 16
public meetings, 1,116 telephone interviews, seven focus groups, seven site
visits, and discussions with industry representatives and environmental groups.

Entitled "Beyond Landfill: A Diverting Future," the Report will be considered
at a special Works Committee meeting on June 21st, 2001 and at City Council's
next meeting, June 26-28.

The made-in-Toronto system will be phased-in for Toronto's 450,000
single-family households beginning in spring 2002. To implement these plans, a
Resource Diversion Implementation Working Group will be established to develop
an implementation program for policies adopted by Council. The Working Group
will report in September 2001 on a variety of issues, including the matter of
adapting the three-stream system for use in apartment buildings.

Under the proposed three-stream system, Torontonians will separate their 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.

"What we have here today is a map of where we want to go," said Mayor Lastman,
?but to get there, the 2010 Task Force needs everyone involved. Everyone has to
be part of the solution."

When the Keele Valley landfill closes in 2002 and Toronto's residue depends on
disposal in Michigan, the overall cost-per-household for collection and
disposal of solid waste resources will be $158.00. By 2006 when it has been
fully implemented, the new system is expected to cost $160.00 per household.
"This is a much better system at a comparable price," said Councillor Disero.

The new composting plant, to be located at the Dufferin Transfer Station, will
be phased-in at a cost of up to $25M. Future plants for dealing with Stream
Three (dry residue) by 2005-06 will require further study. A particular
emphasis will be placed on researching new and emerging technologies to meet
current and future diversion targets.

The Report also proposes expanding and improving existing programs - plastic
bags for overflow Blue Box material, curbside collection of scrap metal, lower
bag limits, and a "Take It Back Program." "Take It Back" would allow residents
to drop off certain types of household hazardous solid waste resources (paint,
used oil and needles) at participating hardware stores, gas stations and
pharmacies, etc. rather than disposing of these materials.

Disero added, "Changing habits is important. But so is changing minds. We are
encouraging residents to see leftover household materials not as 'waste' but as
a valuable resource to be used again and again.'

In 2001, Toronto is expected to generate some 907,000 tonnes of residential
solid waste resources (one tonne per household at a cost of $121 per
household). By the end of 2006, the Report expects that the new system will
divert 555,700 tonnes, or 61.3 per cent.

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

Media contacts for more information:
Councillor Betty Disero
Co-Chair, Task Force 2010
Tel: 416-392-7011

Jim Warren
Tel: 416-395-0405


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416-338-0338

 

 

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