As part of the community consultation for the Waste Management Master Plan, one of our staff created this interesting presentation called “Lets Talk Waste”. Click here to view the whole presentation but here is one interesting statistic relevant to Operation Power Down and energy conservation:
The energy saved by recycling a glass container can power a compact fluorsecent light bulb for 4 hours.
So make sure you return your wine bottles! At the City, we are upgrading our glass sorting technology to better extract glass from the waste stream. And the draft Waste Management Master Plan is encouraging the City to lobby Provincial and Federal governments for more product stewardship programs – like the deposit systems for glass and beverage containers we see in most other Provinces except Ontario.