City launches new waste management strategy

Posted on Friday October 23, 2020

St. Catharines City Council has approved the launch of a new waste management strategy that includes a waste reduction pilot project being rolled out at City facilities.

In the coming weeks, residents and staff of the City of St. Catharines will notice new garbage, recycling and organic waste bins at City Hall, St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. These bins will offer new options for recycling different types of material, as well as organics.

“The installation of these bins marks an important first step in our new waste management strategy,” said Director of Engineering, Facilities and Environmental Services Anthony Martuccio. “Our goal is to increase our waste diversion rate by providing better opportunities for staff and residents to dispose of recycling and organic waste.”

The installation of the new garbage and recycling bins is part of a pilot project for the City’s Waste Management Strategy, which includes a waste diversion target of 65 per cent at municipal facilities.

The pilot consists of removing the single container recycling and garbage bins and replacing them with multi-container bins that further separate recycling. These bins are also being strategically placed throughout facilities in common areas. Additionally, where possible, the City is adding organics bins, which were not in facilities prior to the pilot.

The pilot program will have a staged roll out starting with City Hall, the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Additional City facilities will join the pilot in 2021.

Also included in the strategy is the development of a corporate waste management policy and a waste management guide for both staff use and public events.

For more information on this and other environmental initiatives by the City of St. Catharines, visit www.stcatharines.ca/OurGreenSTC.

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