Continue making Halton a sustainable place to live this fall

Protecting the natural environment is one of the strategic priorities in the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018. That priority includes increasing the Region’s waste diversion rate.

As part of that commitment, we want to help residents practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and contribute to making the Region a more sustainable place to live.

To do this, Halton Region is once again offering compost to residents free of charge and helping them dispose of electronic and household hazardous waste, during our fall Compost Giveaway Day and two fall Special Waste Drop-off Days.

Compost Giveaway

Visit the Halton Waste Management Site on Saturday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to take home your
share of compost during our fall Compost Giveaway event.

Remember to bring:

  • Your own bags or containers (maximum seven garbage bags or equivalent per household) and a shovel, in order to bag your own compost; and
  • A non-perishable food item or cash donation to be distributed to Halton-area food banks

During last spring’s Compost Giveaway, 3,610 residents picked up approximately 1,500 tonnes of compost created from all of the leaves, brush, tree and garden trimmings collected curbside and dropped off at the Halton Waste Management Site. Residents also donated $7,878 and close to 4,000 kilograms of food to local food banks as part of the event.

Special Waste Drop-off Days

On Saturday, September 19 at Sheridan College in Oakville(9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Saturday, October 24 at Mohawk Race Track in Campbellville (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), you can safely recycle and dispose of your electronic and household hazardous waste.

A few items being accepted include:

  • Pesticides
  • Paint
  • Motor oil
  • Propane tanks
  • Computers
  • TV

Be sure to view the complete list of acceptable materials before you head to one of the drop-off locations. Remember, commercial waste will not be accepted.

I encourage you all to practice the 3Rs, give back to our community and help reduce our ecological footprint. For more information, visit halton.ca/waste under Events, Workshops and Tours.

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.”