Peel organic wasted program

July 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

This one’s for the record.

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Peel goes green with organic waste program
Last Updated: Monday, April 2, 2007 | 10:44 AM ET
CBC News
Green bins containing organic waste were placed on curbs throughout Peel Region on Monday as the
area began its first day of recycling food and other products into compost in an effort to reduce overall
waste.
“This material shouldn’t be going to incineration or landfill,” said Andrew Pollock, the region’s director
of waste management. “It should be converted to compost that can be reapplied to land.”
Pollock said the program is a made-in-Peel approach: the organic waste will be collected, processed into
compost at a Brampton plant and sold to businesses and residents in the region.
Green bins similar to those already used in Toronto have been distributed to about 285,000 households
in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.
Food waste, some paper products and other waste, such as hair, sawdust and plants, can be placed in the
bin. Unlike the Toronto green bin program, however, the Peel Region bins will not accept products such
as diapers and plastic bags.
Until now, organic waste from the region has gone with regular garbage to an incinerator or a landfill in
Michigan.
The program costs about $6.6 million, but region officials say it’s a cost-effective solution since it will
help divert 70,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfills.
Organic materials account for about 30 per cent of the region’s waste, according to Pollock, and
recycling it will help the region move toward its goal of diverting 70 per cent of its waste by 2016.

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