BY KELLY ROCHE
A Clarkson condo is one of 20 buildings in Peel Region adding organics collection as part of a new pilot program launching Tuesday.
“Our residents have been eager to participate in the organics pilot,” said Stonebrook condominium board president Hugh Arrison.
“It’s a great opportunity to expand upon our recycling efforts and other green initiatives introduced within our building community.”
The condo – at 1055 Southdown Rd., near the Clarkson GO station – is the first building in Mississauga and Brampton to benefit from the program.
It’s being rolled out at 20 locations this month, running until December 2017 — and includes collection of disposable diapers, pet waste, and sanitary products.
Apartment and condo dwellers will be using regular plastic shopping bags to line their organics containers, which will be sorted with equipment then dumped out.
The empty bag will be sent to landfill.
“Regional council and residents alike are excited about this pilot,” said Ward 2. Coun. Karen Ras.
“Extending organics collection to apartment and condominium residents is one of the most important steps we can take to further improve waste diversion.”
Multi-residential units, which include apartment buildings and condominium developments, comprise about 25 per cent of all homes in Peel.
Since 2007, the Region’s current organics waste collection has only been available to single-family homes and certain townhouses.
Organics include all food waste and used paper products which make up roughly 40 per cent of household waste — removing organic materials reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill by turning it into a reusable resource, such as compost.
The Region of Peel is committed to diverting 75 per cent of waste by 2034, said director of waste management Norman Lee.
Organics materials collected from the curb is turned into compost then sold at Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) for under $0.04 per kilo.
Here’s a sample of acceptable organics items in the Apartment Organics Collection Pilot:
- Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags and loose tea
- Cooking oils, grease, and sauces
- Dairy products, eggs/egg shells
- Fruits and vegetables
- Microwave popcorn bags
- Shredded paper
- Paper egg cartons and beverage trays
- Paper muffin cups
- Used napkins
- Disposable diapers, pet waste, and sanitary products. Put these items in a bag then bring the bag to your building’s organics disposal location.
(Source: Region of Peel)