Check your mailbox for your 2014 waste management calendar

Last week, the 2014 Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar started being delivered to residents’ mailboxes. The calendar, which has everything you need to know about waste collection in Halton Region, includes a schedule for Blue Box, GreenCart, garbage, bulk waste and yard waste collection and information on the Halton Waste Management Site.

 The calendar also has interesting information on how Halton’s effective waste management practices are contributing to the Region’s sustainability and making good financial sense for the taxpayer. For example, Halton’s landfill was originally planned to close in 2012. Thanks to the diligent diversion efforts of our residents, the landfill life has been extended to 2044. With a replacement cost running close to $1 billion, this commitment to increasing diversion not only benefits our natural environment; it’s also financially good for the taxpayer.

 As part of our commitment to being an effective government providing high quality services, we’re also making it easier for residents to remember their waste collection schedule. Not only can you see your calendar online, you can also go here to sign up for weekly reminders through email, phone or Twitter and even add a collection schedule to your personal electronic calendar. We also use this list to give residents any emergency updates about short-term changes to their waste collection service.

 This winter has been exceptionally cold and with the ice storm our waste management services have been impacted. While we can’t control the weather, we can certainly enhance our services to help our residents.

 To help support ice storm clean-up efforts, we’re providing brush collection until the end of February and lifting the garbage bag/can limit for the month of January. Until January 31, residents can place up to six bags or cans of garbage without a garbage tag for collection on their scheduled garbage collection day. Until February 28, brush debris will be picked up on the same day as garbage in designated existing collection areas. Until the end of February, residents and contractors can also drop off brush debris at the Halton Waste Management Site free of charge. You can also go online to www.halton.ca/waste to see up to date information and find other debris drop-off locations in your community to assist with ice storm clean up.

 Thank you for your ongoing support of our waste management programs. Together we’re keeping Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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.”