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.

Halton’s 2013 Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar delivered to homes beginning this week

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Hannah Kim’s winning artwork.

The 2013 Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar, which has everything you need to know about waste collection in Halton Region, will be delivered to homes starting this week.  The Calendar is effective February 1 and includes a schedule for Blue Box, GreenCart, garbage, bulk and yard waste collection, information on the Halton Waste Management Site and details about upcoming waste collection changes that begin April 1, 2013. Residents can also view their Waste Collection Calendar online at www.halton.ca/waste.

Halton Hills

Allison Scott’s winning artwork.

Review the calendar to learn more about all of the upcoming waste collection changes to assist in increasing our diversion rate to 65%  which will extend the life of Halton’s valuable landfill site and result in long-term savings of $15 million to future taxpayers.If you have not received your 2013 Waste Collection Calendar by January 28, please contact Access Halton by dialling 311 or use the online Service Request Tool at www.halton.ca/wastetools.

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Hannah Kellhammer’s winning artwork.

The 2013 Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar once again features Halton’s talented young artists who were selected as the Calendar Cover Art Contest winners.  This year marked the fifth annual art contest that ran in the fall of 2012 asking children from kindergarten to grade eight to create the 2013 calendar cover using the theme of “recycle and compost more to make less garbage.” One entry from each of the four Local Municipalities was selected to have their creative design featured on the 2013 calendar cover.  Winners include Hannah Kim from Burlington, Allison Scott from Halton Hills, Hannah Kellhammer from Milton and Zohaa Zafar from Oakville.

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Zohaa Zafar’s winning artwork.

For more information please contact Access Halton by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit www.halton.ca. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles, on Pinterest, visit their 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.”

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.”

Last Special Waste Drop-off Day for 2012

Halton Region has now held six of seven Special Waste Drop-off Days planned for 2012 to make the recycling and safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient for residents. The events, held free of charge have been held at various locations throughout each of the four local municipalities in the Region.

The final Special Waste Drop-off Day for 2012 will take place on:

  • Saturday, October 20 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Mohawk Racetrack (parking lot), 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville

Recycling and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic waste are important to protecting the environment.  Special Waste Drop-off Days were designed to provide Halton residents with a convenient opportunity to safely recycle and dispose of these items which should not be placed in the garbage.

Accepted for drop-off, free of charge, include items such as pesticides, paint, motor oil, antifreeze, propane tanks, computers, stereos, TVs, DVD players and VCRs.  No commercial waste products are accepted. A complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found at http://www.halton.ca/waste.

Residents who are unable to attend this remaining event may drop off acceptable household hazardous waste (20 L maximum) and electronic items (5 items maximum) free of charge, year round, at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, Monday to Saturday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Special Waste Drop-off Days, please access Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit http://www.halton.ca/waste. You can also stay connected with Halton’s Waste Management team on social media by visiting:

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.”

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.”

Reporting on the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan

Halton Region delivers a wide-range of services that impact your daily life – programs like providing clean and safe drinking water, emergency medical services, waste management, public health, economic development, emergency management and so much more.  A recent survey noted that 98% of Halton residents are satisfied with services provided to them by the Region and we are committed to maintaining a high level of satisfaction and continuing to deliver services in a cost-effective and efficient manner.            

Last June, Regional Council approved The Citizens’ Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan.  The Priority Areas, Key Initiatives and Key Actions identified in the plan reflect what Halton’s citizens and stakeholders said were important to them.

Here, on the Chair’s Corner, I have been providing updates about some of the key actions and initiatives that are underway to support the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  This spring, we will issue our first annual Report to the Citizens to help you see how Halton Region is delivering on the priorities outlined in the Action Plan.

In 2011, Halton Regional Council approved master plans for Transportation, and for Water and Wastewater.  Over the next five years Halton Region will invest more than $1 billion in infrastructure with $615 million allocated to improving the Regional transportation network.  We will also accelerate several planned road improvements to reduce traffic congestion and the disruption caused by construction. 

The 2012-2016 Solid Waste Management Strategy was also approved by Council.  Halton residents are currently diverting approximately 60% of residential waste away from the landfill which is one of the highest rates of waste diversion in the province based onOntariomunicipal benchmarking. The new solid waste management strategy aims to increase the diversion rate to 65%.

Our first year of implementing the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan was a success and we have many achievements to report. To follow Halton Region’s progress on the Action Plan visit us at www.halton.ca/ActionPlan or follow my blog www.haltonchair.wordpress.com where I will continue to profile many of Halton’s key programs, initiatives and accomplishments.

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.”