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January 29, 2003
Apartment recycling in Toronto hits the heights!
  
Works and Emergency Services - One hundred per cent of the apartment buildings
in Toronto that receive City garbage collection are now on board with the
City's recycling program.

A recycling blitz, conducted by City staff over the past 18 months, has
resulted in the achievement of this milestone. This accomplishment represents
adding five buildings per day for the past year-and-a-half.

"The City of Toronto has increased the volume of waste diverted from landfill
through our aggressive campaign to get 100 per cent of our apartment buildings
participating in our recycling program," said Councillor Brad Duguid
(Scarborough Centre, Ward 38), Chair of Works Committee. "That is a huge
accomplishment. A short 24 months ago, our diversion efforts were being scoffed
at. With efforts such as this, Toronto is now surpassing other municipalities
as we strive to become a world leader in waste diversion."

The City has set waste diversion goals of 30 per cent in 2003, 60 per cent by
2006 and 100 per cent diverted from landfill by 2010.

A mandatory recycling bylaw was approved by Council in April 2001. If an
apartment building chooses not to participate in the recycling program,
municipal garbage collection service is withdrawn and the building must pay for
private collection.

In 2001, Toronto residents created 914,864 tonnes of waste. Of that, 306,448
tonnes were created by residents living in apartments. Twenty-seven per cent of
the total waste (243,802 tonnes) was diverted from landfill through recycling
programs.

"The City and the industry have worked hard to make apartment recycling in
Toronto a reality," said Brad Butt, President of the Apartment Association of
Toronto. "It's now up to those who live in apartments to take advantage by
fully participating in the program."


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