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October 13, 2000
Highlights of Toronto Council decisions on 3rs Implementation Plan
Works and Emergency Services (WES) --- On October 12, 2000, Toronto
City Council approved the staff report of September 1, 2000 - A 3Rs
Implementation Plan for the City of Toronto. Highlights of the plan, as well
as additional decisions voted by Council include:

- increasing the target of 50 per cent diversion to 60 per cent diversion by
2006, 80 per cent by 2009 and a recommendation that the next Council continue
to pursue more ambitious diversion targets

- return to weekly recycling and weekly summertime yard waste collection, to be
phased in starting 2001

- placement of recycling containers in all city facilities and those of its
Agencies, Boards and Commissions

- in co-operation with Enwave District Energy Ltd., study the feasibility of
siting an anaerobic digestion facility on city-owned property to process (meet
or exceed) 150,000 tonnes (approximately 15 per cent of the waste stream) of
municipal waste/generate biogas for downtown energy needs

- expanding the anaerobic digestion facility at Dufferin Transfer Station to a
full-scale facility as soon as possible in 2001 to be capable of processing up
to 165,000 tonnes (approximately 16 per cent of the waste stream)

- adding polycoat containers (e.g. milk cartons and drinking boxes), empty
paint cans and empty aerosol cans to the Blue Box Program effective March 1,

- visiting targeted apartment buildings to review recycling collection
performance and make recommendations for improvements and retrofit two
apartment buildings for recycling

- consulting with Toronto residents and environmental groups to gauge what
changes they would be prepared to make to increase waste diversion

- as a result of the RFP for diversion, approved negotiating with Miller Waste
Systems; and Groupe Conporec and Services Matrec for the design, construction
and operation of aerobic composting facilities mixed waste and/or
source-separated organic materials

- directed staff to expedite the issuance of the third RFP for new and emerging
technologies within the first few months of 2001

- because apartment residents face greater challenges to recycle, City Council
requested staff to bring forward a new property standards by-law to require
existing multi-residential buildings make recycling for its tenants as
convenient as possible

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