Zero Waste

May 29, 2008

Healthy Environment

What does zero waste mean to you?  Can it be achieved?  Does that even matter?

The Waste Management Master Plan Committee will be proposing that we embrace a vision of zero waste for our community.  An ambitious vision and perhaps not achievable.  But the question the committee has been asking is, if we don’t set a strong, far-reaching vision what will push us to do better in the short-term. 

Given the success of our electronic waste (e-waste) recycling event on the weekend, and the quick adoption of sorting at the curb many years ago, Guelph residents are clearly ready and willing to do their part.  

Of course, practical and achievable targets will be needed along the way to keep us moving towards a vision of zero waste.

Addendum: The City is hosting a Waste Management Master Plan Open House to share the proposed waste diversion targets and the programs and services that will be implemented to reach these targets. 

Here are the details:

Thursday, June 5, 2008
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Evergreen Seniors Centre
683 Woolwich Street, Guelph (parking available)

Project information will be on display and City staff,  steering committee members, and the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the project.

For more information, click here.

 

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One Comment on “Zero Waste”

  1. Brandon Says:

    Although I think there are limits to what one city can do in isolation, I think it is VERY important to embrace such a vision. Then maybe we can get other cities on board and start pressing higher levels of government for support.

    I can’t come to the Solid Waste Management open house, but here’s the idea I was going to share…

    Why not try to starting decentralized, smaller wet waste management? Where everyone in the neighbourhood puts out their pale of wet waste once a week and they are collected by paid local residents (using trailers/wagons/whatever provided by the city) and taken to a vermiculture composting shed close by. It would involve slight changes in what could be considered “wet” waste (some stuff that currently goes into the green bags doesn’t compost well and would have to start going into clear bags for pick-up) but it would greatly reduce the amount of waste that was trucked around the city by garbage men and it would provide free, high-quality compost for local residents. I don’t imagine you’d have to hire more garbage men to collect the compost pales. There’s no reason why students couldn’t be hired to do it. Kinda like a paper route. Anyways, that’s my idea. I hope the meeting goes well. Thanks!

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