Here’s to a clean and green 2017

Happy New Year from Halton Region!  As we enter a new year, it is an opportunity to make positive changes in our daily lives, including how we impact the natural environment.

Protecting and enhancing Halton’s natural environment is one of our highest priorities. Halton Region is preserving the natural environment by investing in green initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint to keep it beautiful today and for generations to come.

We all have a role to play in making Halton cleaner and greener. As you tidy up after the holidays and start the New Year, here are a few things to remember:

  • Put bundled cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, foils and trays, dairy and juice cartons and disposable plastic containers in the Blue Box;
  • Put items such as turkey bones, baked good, paper plates, cups and napkins in the Green Cart;
  • Put items such as gift wrap, bows, plastic utensils, plastic wrap and bags in the garbage;
  • Keep items out of the landfill and help local charities’ fundraising efforts by donating items in good condition to a reuse centre in Halton; and,
  • Christmas trees (free of decorations, stands and plastic bags) will be collected the week of January 9 and week of January 16. Please put your tree at the curb on your regular collection day.

Every household and business in the community can make a difference – together, we can achieve Halton Region’s goal of a 62 per cent waste diversion rate by 2018.

What we do today matters for tomorrow. Together, we are preserving Halton’s future to keep Halton 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”.

Halton promotes 3Rs during Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week, which runs from October 17 to 23, is a great time for Halton to highlight the importance of properly reducing, reusing and recycling our household waste.

Halton Region is committed to supporting efforts to protect our natural environment, keeping it beautiful today and for generations to come. Protecting our natural environment is a priority in our Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018. As part of that commitment, we work to promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional services. To help residents reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, Halton has a number of online tools for residents to access. Residents can visit halton.ca/waste to use these self-serve tools to:

  • alert us of missed waste collection pick up (garbage, Blue Box, Green Cart or yard waste);
  • request email collection day reminders and/or collection day calendars; and
  • order Yard Waste Labels, Garbage Bag Tags and Diaper Bag Tags.

Over the years, Halton residents have earned an impressive track record of adopting environmentally-friendly choices in managing their household waste. Since 2008, more than 60 per cent of residential waste has been diverted from Halton’s landfill through the following programs/services:

  • The Blue Box Program enables residents to recycle a wide variety of products, ranging from newspapers, flyers, boxboard, cardboard, magazines and books, boxed beverage containers, glass jars and bottles, aluminum foil, metal food and beverage containers and plastics.
  • The Green Cart Recycling Program collects food scraps such as: meat, fruit, dairy products, coffee grounds, tea bags, fats/oils, sauces, fruit, vegetables, eggs/egg shells, baked goods and paper packaging.
  • The Special Waste Drop-off Days events held throughout the year to make recycling household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient to residents.

This year, the Region is reminding residents to line their Green Cart with paper towels, newspapers, paper bags or certified compostable bags with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo. By properly managing our waste we help to keep our community one to be proud of.

I would like to thank Halton residents for their commitment to practicing the 3Rs and helping preserve the natural environment that keeps Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information, tips and online waste tools, visit halton.ca/waste or dial 311.

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”.

Practice the 3Rs in Halton this fall

Halton Region is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich natural environment as one of the strategic priorities outlined in the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018. As part of that commitment, we work to promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional services, and one of the key services we provide is the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS).

The HWMS is Halton’s “one-stop” solution to encourage residents to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The 3Rs help to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate, which extends the life of the Waste Management Site and generates long-term savings for all of us. By providing residents with yard waste composting, the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and garbage disposal, we are preserving Halton’s future.

To help divert waste, Halton offers residents with a series of annual events to make it easier for residents to properly dispose of their waste and support a more sustainable Halton. During the late summer and early autumn, Halton is once again offering our fall Compost Giveaway  and two Special Waste Drop-off Days.

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Each year during the Compost Giveaway, Halton Region offers compost to Halton residents free of charge. To participate, visit the HWMS on Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with:

  • 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 year’s Compost Giveaway events, 4,400 residents picked up approximately 2,000 tonnes of compost. Residents also donated $9,784 and 4,500 kilograms of food to local food banks as part of the event. For a complete list of event details please visit halton.ca/compost.

Special Waste Drop-off Days

FallWaste2To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient to residents, the Region also holds Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year.

Visit the Oakville campus of Sheridan College on Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the Mohawk Race Track on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be sure to review the complete list of acceptable materials before you visit one of the drop-off locations (commercial waste is not accepted at these events).

I encourage everyone to practice the 3Rs, give back to our community and reduce our ecological footprint to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information, tips and online waste tools, visit halton.ca/waste or dial 311.

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”.

Helping residents divert waste through spring waste events

Halton Region is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich natural environment. As part of that promise, we work to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate by encouraging residents to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – making Halton a more sustainable place to live.

The Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) is Halton’s “one-stop” solution for the 3Rs, providing residents with yard waste composting, the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and garbage disposal. To help increase diversion efforts, Halton offers residents with a series of events each year to make it easier for residents to properly dispose of their waste and help support a more sustainable Halton.

This May, we will once again offer our Spring Compost Giveaway and Special Waste Drop-off Day events, providing us with an opportunity to increase diversion rates while also giving back to the community.

Spring Compost Giveaway

Halton is offering free compost to residents through the Spring Compost Giveaway. The high-quality compost is made up of the leaf and yard waste collected through the Region’s yard waste collection program, with a portion offered back free of charge to Halton residents. This year’s spring event will be hosted at the Halton Waste Management Site, from Saturday, May 9 to Sunday, May 15. The 2016 dates and times include:

  • Monday, May 9 – Saturday, May 14
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15
    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you plan on attending, please remember to bring the following:

  • 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 year’s Compost Giveaway events (spring and fall), 4,400 residents picked up approximately 2,000 tonnes of compost. Residents also donated $9,784 and close to 4,500 kilograms of food to local food banks as part of the event. For a complete list of event details, please visit halton.ca/compost.

Special Waste Drop-off Days

To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronics waste more convenient for residents, we will hold a series of Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year. The first event will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Robert C. Austin Operations Centre in Georgetown (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) in partnership with the Halton Hills Earth Day Event.

A few items being accepted include:

  • Pesticides
  • Paint
  • Motor oil
  • Propane tanks
  • Computers/phones
  • TVs

Be sure to view the complete list of acceptable materials before you head to one of the drop-off locations – commercial waste will not be accepted. For a full list of event dates, please visit halton.ca/dropoff.

I encourage everyone to practice the 3Rs, give back to our community and help reduce our ecological footprint to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information, tips and online waste tools, visit halton.ca/waste or dial 311.

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”.

Help preserve Halton this Earth day!

2015 Scout Tree Planting event

On April 22, six million Canadians will participate in recognizing one of the world’s largest environmental events: Earth Day. This year’s Earth Day event focuses on growing the global forest. Halton Region is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich, natural environment and is currently involved in a number of projects that support forest and tree growth in Halton, such as:



  • The Annual Scout Tree Planting Event, hosted by Halton Region on April 30. It is part of the Region’s ongoing tree planting and maintenance program at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS). Over the last 15 years, this initiative has supported the planting of over 5000 native trees.
  • The Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan, which will begin implementation later this year. The Master Plan includes plans to restore the sensitive beach and dune area located within the park with native trees, shrubs and other plants.
  • The Biodiversity Strategy for Regional Forests, which is a 10-year strategy that guides the Region’s many sustainability initiatives by managing the preservation of our rich and diverse landscape.

Resident wishing to take part in local Earth Day events can attend the many community events that have been planned by our local municipalities and environmental groups throughout Halton. These events include:

I am pleased to join residents and community partners in their tireless efforts to preserve the natural environment for future generations. What we do today, matters for tomorrow. Together we are preserving Halton’s future as 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”.

Sunday pilot program: increasing waste diversion and customer service

HWMSHalton Region is committed to supporting waste diversion efforts and providing high-quality customer service that is easy to access for all residents. We take great pride in making Halton a great and sustainable place to live and we are always looking for new ways to improve the programs and services we provide.

To help residents with their waste disposal and recycling and to support our waste diversion efforts, Halton Region will be opening the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) on Sundays from April 17 to July 10. As part of a pilot program, the site will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to measure resident interest and assess the long-term feasibility of having the landfill site open on Sundays.

During the three-month pilot period, Halton residents are invited to take advantage of the extra day to drop off recyclables, yard waste, household hazardous waste and garbage. All regular services at the HWMS will be available, including:HWMSdriveway

  • Recycling and Garbage Disposal
  • Yard Waste Drop Off
  • Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • Paint and Stain Reuse Depot
  • Salvation Army Reuse Depot
  • Blue Box and GreenCart Pickup/Exchange

We are committed to protecting the natural environment which is a priority in our Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018. By participating in our waste management programs, residents of Halton continue to achieve a remarkable waste diversion rate. Since 2008, more than 60 per cent of residential waste has been diverted from Halton’s landfill. This is a remarkable accomplishment that has resulted from working together to promote long-term sustainability in our community.

Thank you all for your ongoing efforts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. What we do today, matters for tomorrow. Together, we are preserving Halton’s future, ensuring that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For more information about the Halton Waste Management Site, the new pilot program, and waste reduction and diversion tips and programs, please visit halton.ca/HWMS or dial 311.

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”.

The new Halton Guide and Waste Collection Calendar coming soon!

Waste Calendar coverRGBTo keep residents informed about Regional programs and services and their waste collection schedule, and to better help residents with their waste reduction efforts, the Region produces The Halton Guide and Waste Collection Calendar every year. The new edition will be delivered to residents by late March.

What’s new this year?

  • This year’s edition has been redesigned to provide homeowners with information on many Regional programs and services, as well as seasonal household tips.
  • Bulk waste will now be collected more frequently: every other week on the same day as your garbage collection.
  • This guide also contains tips on how to use the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to support sustainable practices and encourage the use of the Blue Box and GreenCart for appropriate waste.

Preserving Halton today for tomorrow helps ensure a high quality of life in our Region, making it a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire for generations to come. I appreciate the efforts Halton residents have made when it comes to waste diversion. Since 2008, single-family households have diverted over 60 per cent of their waste from landfill and have extended the life of the landfill site from 2012 to 2044!

I hope Halton residents will continue to look for ways to reduce their waste every day. For tips and more information about the Region’s waste collection services, and to sign up for automatic waste collection reminders, visit halton.ca/waste.

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”.