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March 23, 2016

City of Toronto hosts final round of meetings for public input on Draft Waste Strategy for managing Toronto's long-term waste
  
The City of Toronto, in collaboration with the public and key stakeholders, has developed a Draft Waste Strategy to guide policy decisions to manage Toronto's solid waste over the next 30 to 50 years. Four upcoming public meetings and/or webinars are scheduled to receive public input on the Draft Waste Strategy, its recommended options and implementation plan. This is a “3Rs-First” Strategy, focused on reducing, reusing and recycling/composting waste to promote resource conservation and reduced environmental impact.

Members of the public are invited to attend any of the following sessions to provide feedback. Online registration is requested via http://www.torontowastestrategy.eventbrite.ca.

• Draft Waste Strategy Overview
Tuesday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church, Cody Hall, 227 Bloor St. E. (Bloor/Yonge Station)

• Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Waste Diversion in Houses, Apartments, and Condos
Monday, April 4, 6:30 to 9 p.m., presentation and workshop at 7 p.m.
Central YMCA, Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor St. (Wellesley Station)

• Diversion Opportunities: Businesses and Do-It-Yourself Home Renovators
Thursday, April 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., webinar http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy

• Waste Recovery and Residual: How to Handle Remaining Materials
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m.
City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.

In-person sessions begin with an open house format where attendees may view information boards and speak to project staff. This will be followed by a presentation, question and answer period and breakout sessions involving small group interactive discussions. Those unable to attend in person may review project information on the Waste Strategy's website and complete an online survey to provide their feedback from March 29 to April 27.

Staff will present a final Waste Strategy to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on June 20 and to City Council at its July 2016 meeting.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy. Those who use social media can join the conversation on Twitter via @GetInvolvedTO and the hashtag #TOwastestrategy.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms

Media Contact
Pat Barrett
Strategic Communications
416-392-4716
pbarrett@toronto.ca
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