Making a Difference – Halton to hold four more Blue Box Pick-up Events in August

DSC_1703Earlier this year, on April 1, 2013, Halton Region implemented some changes to its waste management programs, including the introduction of new acceptable materials in the Blue Box and a new, larger (22 gallon) Blue Box.

I am very pleased to say that resident participation in these changes is already having a positive impact on Halton’s waste diversion. In the first few months of these new programs, Halton has distributed over 40,000 Blue Boxes to Halton residents resulting in an increase of 13 per cent more Blue Box and GreenCart materials being collected, and a decrease of 6 per cent in the amount of garbage collected. Halton continues to have one of the best diversion rates in the Province. This is a tremendous achievement, one that is helping to extend the life of Halton’s landfill site–a savings of $15 million to taxpayers.

For residents who have yet to pick up their new, larger Blue Box, Halton Region will be hosting four Blue Box Pick-up Events on Saturday, August 10 and 17. At these events, Halton’s 22-gallon Blue Box will be available to residents free of charge for pick up, with a limit of one Blue Box per household.

For details regarding the Blue Box Pick-up Events and information about where Blue Boxes can be picked up year round, access Halton Region by dialing 311 or visiting www.halton.ca/NewInBlue.

I thank you for your continued efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. By recycling and composting more you will have less garbage and can help protect the environment and extend the life of Halton’s landfill site. Together we are making a difference and ensuring that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”