County ranks second best in waste diversion

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The County of Simcoe continues to be among the best in the province when it comes to residential waste diversion. The County received second place out of all Ontario municipalities in the annual Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority Datacall (Ontario’s standardized waste reporting and calculation process) with a 60.7 per cent residential diversion rate for 2016. The County also placed first for diversion in the Urban Regional category.

“Our residents deserve credit for their continued participation in our diversion programs,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “It’s clear that our entire region is becoming better at separating their waste and utilizing our existing County diversion programs both at curbside and at our Waste Management Facilities. We always have room for improvement, and greater use of our green bins will help us achieve even stronger results moving forward.”

The diversion rate of 60.7 per cent is the county’s highest in 10 years of recording. The county has also seen great success in its annual curbside collection of batteries and at its waste drop-off facilities, where innovative programs for over 20 different materials, including asphalt shingles and window glass, have diverted more than 70 per cent of drop-off materials.

The county plans to add additional material to its green bin program later this year, introduce new curbside collections during designated weeks for textiles in June and electronics in September, as well as ongoing work on the development of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre. Due to changes in contracted recycling services, the County expects to see fluctuations in its 2017 Datacall result.

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