Blue and green bins underutilized in Peel: Report

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Over the past several years, the Region of Peel has ran campaigns about waste diversion, rolled out new green, blue and garbage bins and hoped residents would do their bit to separate their reduce the garbage sent to landfills, but a new report suggests that it doesn’t seem to be happening at the intended pace.

Close to 50 percent of Peel residents are simply not separating material that should be in their blue-lid or green bins (for organic kitchen waste) this is resulting in all this material ending up in landfills.

Peel is diverting about 50 per cent of its garbage from landfill and trying to develop a plan to achieve a 75 per cent diversion rate by 2034.

A regional report says about 30 per cent of the material in garbage bags collected at the curb is food waste that could go into green bins, 15 per cent is blue box items, 11 per cent is organics such as yard waste, tissues and towelling and 37 per cent is other waste, like diapers and textiles, that could be diverted if the region built an anaerobic processing facility or implemented new programs.

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The remaining seven per cent is non-blue box packaging, electric waste or electronic equipment and household hazardous waste.

Garbage from apartment buildings contains larger amounts of recyclables (22 per cent) and food waste (36 per cent).

The problem is that many Peel residents are just too rushed to bother taking a few extra minutes to separate kitchen waste and recycled goods from garbage.

Because so many residents have no place for three fairly large garbage bins in their garages, they now just use one bin. It isn’t uncommon to see many house holds putting out just one garbage bin every two weeks. However with summer approaching this sort of practice will end up stinking up neighborhoods and attracting rodents.

Unless residents are fined for not separating their garbage, it is unlikely the situation will change anytime soon.

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Meanwhile residents could weigh in on the issue at public consultation on a diversion strategy which is to happen in the next few weeks. – CINEWS

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