City and residents reduce waste in 2017

By Lindsay Advocate

City and residents reduce waste in 2017City and residents reduce waste in 2017

Throughout 2017 the City of Kawartha Lakes implemented changes to waste and recycling collection as part of the Integrated Waste Management Strategy, the most notable change being the transition to clear bag waste collection.

“We would like to thank residents and businesses for their efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling,” said David Kerr, manager of environmental services.

Compared with 2016 data, in 2017 there was approximately:

  • 20 per cent less waste collected at the curb
  • 1600 tonnes less waste sent to City landfills
  • 11 per cent more recycling collected at the curb

“As we recycle more we become eligible for more funding from Stewardship Ontario to help our municipality,” says Kerr.

“Taking advantage of additional funding, reducing waste and extending the lives of our landfills lowers costs and allows us to use tax dollars more efficiently.”

The City received funding of $961,938 from Stewardship Ontario based on the amount of recycling collected in 2016. More funding is expected this year based on the results of the clear bag program achieved in 2017.

In 2018 the City will continue to implement the Integrated Waste Management Strategy and roll out programs that help the community reduce, reuse and recycle. The Integrated Waste Management Strategy can be viewed on the City website or by contacting Waste Management at 705-324-9411 or email at .

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