Halton Region Spring Compost Giveaway runs until Saturday May 10

There is still time to take advantage of Halton Region’s Spring Compost Giveaway. Every year Halton collects your yard waste – leaves, garden trimmings and brush – and converts it into high-quality compost.

Until Saturday, May 10, you can visit the Halton Waste Management Site at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton to pick up compost free of charge. The annual spring event, which began on May 5, runs daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

I invite you to visit the landfill to pick up garden-ready compost for your spring gardening and landscaping projects.

Remember to bring: Compost 2014

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

Halton Region runs the Spring Compost Giveaway every year to thank residents for helping to divert yard waste away from Halton’s landfill. Halton residents are diverting 60 per cent of single-family household waste by participating in Blue Box, GreenCart, reuse, household hazardous waste and yard waste programs – this is an incredible achievement.

Halton’s waste management practices, including our yard waste program, both protect the environment and make good financial sense. Our landfill site was originally scheduled to close in 2012. Thanks to the waste diversion efforts of Halton residents, the landfill life has been extended by more than 30 years to 2044, saving taxpayers the estimated $1 billion cost of a replacement site.

For more information about the Spring Compost Giveaway, visit Halton.ca/compost or dial 311. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles, #HaltonCompost, and visit the blog at Haltonrecycles.ca.

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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

 

Preserving Halton’s Landfill – Changes to Halton Region’s Waste Collection Program Start April 1

Halton residents have always been enthusiastic about practicing the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle. Single-family households continue to divert 60% of waste away from the landfill through curbside programs, up from 40%—this is one of the highest diversion rates in the Province.

Since starting the GreenCart program in 2008, Halton residents have diverted 122,315,000 kg (or 269,658,095 lbs) of organics away from landfill.  This is equivalent to approximately 12,000 garbage truck loads.waste

This waste diversion rate is important because, by reducing the amount of material that is put in the garbage, Halton can extend the lifespan of its landfill.

Our landfill is one of the Region’s most valuable physical assets. Opened in 1992, the Halton Waste Management Site was originally expected to last only 20 years until 2012. Through the waste diversion efforts of Halton’s residents, the landfill is forecasted to remain operating until 2040.

While going from 40-60% diversion rate of residential waste is a tremendous achievement, there is still more we can do to conserve the landfill.

In October 2012, Regional Council unanimously approved Halton’s 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy that outlines a goal to reach a waste diversion rate of 65% by 2016 and increase the lifespan of its landfill an additional four years. It is estimated this extension will provide a savings of $15 million to Halton taxpayers. It will also benefit the environment.

To help achieve the goals laid out in Halton’s 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy, Halton Region will introduce changes to its waste collection program starting April 1. These changes include:

1.     An Expanded Blue Box Programblue  box

Effective Monday, April 1, Halton residents can add more items to their Blue Box, including clear plastic clamshells (e.g. berry and lettuce containers), single-serve yogurt cups, plastic plant pots and trays, empty metal paint cans (lids removed), and cardboard cans (e.g. frozen juice cans/chip cans).

Information about all the new materials now accepted in Blue Boxes as well as details about where residents can pick up a new larger Blue Box are available at www.halton.ca/NewInBlue.

2.     New Garbage Limit

Also starting on April 1, Halton will decrease the garbage limit and introduce “garbage tags” for garbage above the new limit. Starting April 1, residents may place three garbage bags/cans or less at the curb every other week. More than three garbage bags/cans will require a garbage tag.

Complete details about the new garbage limit, including information about where you can pick up or order complimentary garbage tags are available at  www.halton.ca/GarbageTags.

Currently, 85% of residents place three garbage bags or less at the curbside every other week.  That means, the vast majority of Halton residents won’t need to participate in the garbage bag tag program. By recycling and composting more, residents will have even less waste going to the landfill, which means the landfill will last longer.

Together we can continue to make a difference.

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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, ”The Carr Report.”

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Did You Know?

Currently, 95% of single-family homes place a Blue Box curbside for collection every week.

Did You Know?

The average garbage bag in Halton contains 23% GreenCart materials, 13% Blue Box materials, and 16% other plastics. Think about how much garbage will be reduced if all these items are composted and recycled.

Waste Reduction Week: Celebrating the Halton Waste Management Site

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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Bring your family and friends to the Halton Waste Management Site on Saturday, Sept. 29 and help celebrate the landfill’s 20th anniversary

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 Halton Region’s landfill site turns 20!!  To help celebrate this important milestone, residents of all ages are invited to attend a community drop-in at the Halton Waste Management Site located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.  Everyone is welcome to drop-in between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy the official cake cutting at 12 noon.

At the open house you will have the opportunity to:

  • have a guided tour of the state of the art Waste Management Site (30 mins)
  • see the landfill machinery up close and in action
  • take part in an environmental craft provided by Conservation Halton
  • learn about the importance of waste diversion and protecting the environment
  • enjoy a cash BBQ provided by the Lion’s Club of Milton
  • bring an old electronics item to the event like a television, computer, laptop or VCR for recycling and receive a free lunch voucher to be used while at the event (limit one voucher per family)

This milestone event marks the 20th anniversary of Halton Region’s landfill site which opened in 1992 and was expected to last only 20 years or until the year 2012. Thanks to the efforts of Halton residents participating in Halton’s waste diversion programs like the Blue Box and GreenCart, I am proud to say the landfill life is now projected to the year 2040!

The open house will also launch a pilot project for an Orange Box to collect household hazardous waste such as garden chemicals, cleaning products, medications, paint and stain. The first 500 residents who attend the open house and who would like to participate in this pilot project will receive one Orange Box to use at their home to store and transport household hazardous waste to the Halton Waste Management Site. While the Orange Box is the same size as a standard Blue Box, the Orange Box is not to be placed at the curb for collection. This pilot project will determine whether the Orange Box assists residents in the diversion of their household hazardous waste products.

If you plan to attend the open house with your family and friends please email hwms20@halton.ca to confirm your attendance.  The open house is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking on-site.

You can learn more about the upcoming 20th anniversary open house by visiting www.halton.ca/hwms20.  You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles (event hash tag #hwms20), on Facebook (search Halton Waste Management Site’s 20th Anniversary), visit the blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca and watch HaltonRecycles on YouTube.

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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Summer GreenCart Tips

During the recent summer months, I have heard from some residents who are using their GreenCart every week, but are looking for tips on how to reduce any potential odours and pests. It is important that we continue to use our GreenCarts to divert waste from our landfill and extend its life. Together, through our participation in the GreenCart program every week, we are now diverting 60 per cent of waste away from our landfill. This is an incredible accomplishment.

I spoke with our experts from Halton’s Waste Management program to learn more about some of the practical things residents can do to help prevent problems with odours and pests in GreenCarts.  Here are a few tips they shared with me.

Preventing unwanted pests and odours in your GreenCart:

The GreenCart was designed to be pest resistant with a tight fitting lid and locking mechanism, making it much more secure than a regular garbage can or bag. To increase the pest resistance, additional bin fasteners are available to create and/or purchase from your local home renovation store. To ensure materials can be collected, please undo or unlock any additional bin fasteners by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Additional tips to minimize odours and pests include: 

  • Wash your GreenCart and Kitchen Catcher regularly. The Kitchen Catcher is dishwasher safe. Use mild soap and water when cleaning your GreenCart, and pour the liquid onto your garden or lawn.  
  • Line your bins:To reduce odours and minimize mess, you can line your bins with:
  • Keep the GreenCart dry: Add shredded papers to the GreenCart to keep food waste dry.
  • Cover your organic material:Wrap organic material in newspaper or soiled paper towels or place in a cardboard box like a cracker or cereal box (plastic liner removed).
  • Coat your GreenCart or Kitchen Catcher: Sprinkle a handful of salt, garden lime or powdered ginger in the GreenCart or Kitchen Catcher to help prevent pests and odours.
  • Wrap meat and bones in paper and add additional layers of paper to the GreenCart each time you empty your Kitchen Catcher.
  • Clean out your fridge a day before your collection day, instead of the day after.
  • Store meat scraps in the freezer until collection day, if space permits.
  • Do not place the GreenCart in direct sunlight.
  • If using a certified compostable bag, ensure it is completely tucked into the Cart when placing the GreenCart out for collection. The liner’s edges may be used by animals to pull the GreenCart over.

I hope you find these tips helpful during the remainder of the warm weather, and enjoy the rest of your Summer.

For more information on the GreenCart program please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit us online at www.halton.ca/waste.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”