City Seeks Public Input on Waste Reduction Methods

Published on: 2010/06/15 - in News

The City is inviting residents to learn about, and help select, a number of methods being considered to divert even more waste from landfill.

Its plan is to divert 65 per cent of its waste from landfill by 2012, and the City is consulting the public as part of its move towards an Integrated Waste Management Study.

Jim Keech – President and C.E.O. of Utilities Kingston – is quoted in a release as saying, “The great success of the Green Bin program is proof that Kingstonians want to divert waste from landfill and are willing to take action to meet this wider community goal. We want to harness that interest and energy to help us further increase our diversion rate.”

The City’s diversion rate increased to 47 per cent in 2009 – nine per cent better than when it was measured in 2005 – due to a number of measures, including the Green Bin, Blue Box and Grey Box, the introduction of the two bag limit (and bag tags), extended hours at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre and the Household Hazardous Waste facility.

The methods being considered in the survey include:

  • Incorporating the use of clear garbage bags
  • User-pay systems (the City now has a partial user pay/bag tag system in place)
  • Bag limit reductions (the City now allows two bags of garbage per household for collection)
  • Tipping fee surcharges
  • Disposal bans on certain waste items
  • Reusable-item diversion
  • Public education and system promotion
  • Reduce garbage collection frequency
  • Collection container alternatives (i.e. reducing the size of containers that would be put out for collection)
  • Extending the hours of the Household Hazardous Waste facility
  • Developing a municipal bulky waste and white goods (i.e. appliances) program

Printed copies of the survey will also be available at: the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, City Hall, the Kingston Sustainability Centre, and the Isabel Turner and Central Branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

A staff report is now available for review online, alongside an opinion survey  that outlines a series of waste diversion and waste-saving enhancements to the City’s waste management system under consideration. Residents are encouraged to complete the survey by July 5.

The Waste Diversion Open House is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 21, in the Front Lounge at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St.


Photo: Waste to Energy