The City of Toronto is currently working on a long-term waste management strategy because landfills have limited capacities and are harmful to the environment. Waste diversion practices (e.g. recycling and composting) are preferred because they extend landfill life and are environmentally friendly. Toronto’s policy towards waste management is reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and residual disposal. What does this mean?
Reduce: Avoid creating waste to protect our resources.
Reuse: Reuse things for their original or new purposes.
Recycle: Turn waste into a new substance or product (includes composting).
Recover: Recover energy from waste, which includes green bin processing.
Residual disposal: Safe disposal of residual waste.
City staff submitted a progress report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on May 28, 2015. The City is currently working on identifying gaps and challenges in the current waste strategy and how to address them especially when it comes to our environmental programs and facilities. The progress report proposes draft guiding principles going forward and will consult stakeholders while seeking feedback. Public consultation will occur in June. Scarborough’s public consultation date is Wednesday, June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scarborough Civic Centre.
Throughout the process, city staff will consult and engage the public on this issue through public meetings, community outreach at events, project updates, online surveys and electronic communications. For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy.