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Residential Waste Diversion
Moved by: Theodor PoenaruSeconded by: Romeo Tello
1.That the City Youth Council of Toronto recommend to the City of Toronto to invest in programs to fit condosand apartment buildings with the waste diversion solutions (ie: green bins, recycling) available to singlefamily homes, and run outreach campaigns to educate residents of condos and apartment buildings aboutwaste diversion programs2.That the City Youth Council of Toronto recommend to the City of Toronto to increase their waste reductiongoal to 80%
In 2000, the City of Toronto established a goal of 100% residential waste diversion by 2010. By 2007, that wasrevised to 70%. Two years after the supposed end of this plan residential waste diversion sits at a dismal 50% andis not set to increase until the year 2015. When provided with waste diversion strategies, Torontonians make greatuse of them, 94% of homes with a blue bin use it, and 87% of those with a green bin use it. By giving condo andapartment dwellers an equal opportunity to use these programs, waste diversion rates will soar. At a diversion rate of 70%, greenhouse gas emissions will reduce by 155 000 tonnes (equivalent to taking over 25000 cars off the road). In addition, it will reduce the negative effects landfills have on the environment (ie: leaching).For every 1000 tonnes of landfill waste, 1 job is created, whereas 7 jobs are created for the same amount of diverted waste. Reaching 70% could add 2 300 jobs to the local economy.
There will be a financial cost of around $10-20 million in the short run to the City of Toronto, but a net financialbenefit over time due to a decrease in landfill/dumping costs and several economic factors including an increase ingreen jobs. There will be no financial impact to the City Youth Council of Toronto.
1.“Toronto Environmental Alliance”http://torontoenvironment.org/newsroom/media/waste20121107November 22, 20122.“Toronto Environmental Alliance”http://www.torontoenvironment.org/campaigns/waste/leapingto80 November 22, 2012
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