Ottawa’s Inadequate Recycling and Green Bin Programs Shorten Life of the City’s Trail Road Landfill Site

Waste Watch Ottawa Analysis, Promoted by Ecology Ottawa, Finds City’s Lack of Planning and Public Education is Squandering Landfill Capacity

Ottawa is dumping much of its recyclable and green waste into landfill, squandering both the resources that could be captured and precious landfill space.

Waste Watch Ottawa’s detailed analysis of online Ontario data of provincial waste diversion from disposal performance and a City of Ottawa 2014/2015 report obtained via a municipal freedom of information request, was conducted with the assistance of University of Ottawa students and Councillor Jeff Leiper’s office. Based on a review of municipal best practices, options are offered to improve the design and effectiveness of recycling and green bin programs, solid waste diversion policies and programs, and waste collection and processing activities in Ottawa.

Click here for the full report

Ecology Ottawa is promoting the work of Waste Watch Ottawa because of the important contribution Waste Watch Ottawa has made towards improving the city’s environmental sustainability.

One Comment on “Ottawa’s Inadequate Recycling and Green Bin Programs Shorten Life of the City’s Trail Road Landfill Site

  1. Solution to Ottawa’s Inadequate Recycling and Green Bin Programs:

    End the initiative of there’s a better concept and recycling still pollutes our air. This new idea will require huge transitions to retail industries (Walmart, etc) and all landfill sites first before this can happen. There must be a variety of standardized plastic containers that all products in all stores use to package things from foods to flooring, cabinets, etc. These containers must be returned to the outlet engraved on them. Some people will end up throwing them away which is why landfill sites need to employed and paid to organize these containers from the garbage. This will save many megatonnes of pollution created by industries in order to package their products, it will save every participating industry money for new packaging materials (less demand from the industries producing packagings) and will significantly reduce waste in our landfills. The use of greenbins will continue to prove to be a failure, no matter what, you cannot rely on everyone to participate and it would be immoral to force it upon everyone through laws, and it would only bottleneck the justice system even more. Scrap the idea. It’s not a bad one, It’s simply that nowhere near can you rely on everyone to participate and to do it right.Once the specific packagings are returned to their designated drop off location, the receiver then organizes and transports to their origin industries. Industry pay for the return costs which will turn out to be a money saver as no new packagings need to be made until the materials of the “reused” packagings deteriorate enough. Depending on the thickness of the plastic packaging, that could be a century shy of 1000 years. This is to be plastic only as it is longest lasting. This will also reduce millions of water bottles from ever entering the oceans. Obviously, specific packages where people eat and drink from must be sanitized under high standards (monitored).. There is no better way to care for the future and set a good role model for those generations to come. There are other aspects needed to be covered on the new concept but this is a good enough foundation for you to build upon and make it happen.

    Another idea I have to share addresses another problematic societal thirst aside from oil… Batteries but I’ll save that for a more relevant place.

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