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What is the City doing to reduce waste?

Improving waste diversion at City facilities and events

  • Man sorting his garbage into appropriate binsoffer recycling and green bin collection at 10 out of 11 facilities where it's feasible
  • reuse office items, print double-sided, discourage unsolicited sales catalogues, recycle batteries, printer cartridges, old cell phones and milk bags
  • eliminating the use of plastic water bottles
  • created a staff checklist for sustainable meetings and events
  • provide documents online to avoid the need to print paper copies
  • use reusable plates, napkins, cutlery, etc; when attendance is large, such as for Ribfest, biodegradable options are used and green bins provided

Increasing public awareness of waste diversion

  • partner with the Region of Durham to offer annual electronic waste and household hazardous waste collection events
  • participate in the National Waste Reduction Week every year by carrying out internal and external education campaigns and waste reduction challenges

Encouraging the diversion of dog waste from landfill

  • offer the Dog Waste Diversion Program in 13 parks to allow residents to use biodegradable bags provided by the City when stooping and scooping after their dogs in parks