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Streetsville Village Times Article- February/March 2015

Throughout Ontario, approximately 55% of garbage that could be recycled unfortunately ends up in
our landfills instead. This represents approximately 2.7 million tonnes of waste that could have been
diverted out of our landfills into recycling or organics recycling, which is equivalent to the weight of
6,222 Boeing 747 jets! As a result, our landfills are running out of space or are already full. Landfills
in the Region of Peel and Guelph are already full and garbage is being transported to other cities.
Presently, the Region of Peel provides weekly waste collection services to approximately 325,000
households in Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. Each and every household can make a
difference to ensure that their household waste is being diverted out of our landfills by handling their
garbage, recycling, and organics household waste in ways that conserve and protect our environment
for generations to come.
Beginning the week of January 4, 2016, the Region of Peel will be changing to a cart-based, biweekly waste collection program, which will provide residents with opportunities to ensure that
household waste is diverted out of our landfills and into recycling. Under this new waste collection
program, the following changes will occur to your household waste collection:



Garbage and organics will be picked up one week
Recycling and organics will be picked up the next week
Change from garbage bags and recycling bins to carts
Yard waste collection will not be affected

The new cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection program will result in a reduction of the amount of
waste that is sent to landfills and an increase in recycling and organics recycling. Under the new
waste collection program, an additional 4-6% of waste material will be diverted from landfills. The
new waste collection program will also reduce current greenhouse gas emissions by approximately
6,700 - 11,100 tonnes of eCO2. This reduction in greenhouse gases will be achieved by reducing the
garbage fleet; reducing the amount of organic material being sent to landfills; reducing the number of
loads hauled to landfills; and reducing the recycling fleet. The new waste collection program is very
economical and will result in an annual cost-savings of approximately $9 million.
In addition to these benefits, the new garbage, recycling, and organics carts are easy to wheel to the
curb; pest resistant; and will prevent wind-blown blue box litter, which costs the City approximately
$385,000 in litter cleanup costs each year.
Under the new waste collection program, residents will be using garbage, recycling, and organics
carts to collect household waste. Each household will receive the following:


1 organics cart,
1 recycling cart, and
1 garbage cart.

The organics (green) cart is available in one size only. All residents will receive a 100 L green cart.
This new green cart will hold the same amount of organic waste as 2 current green carts or 14 small
kitchen organics containers.
Garbage carts are available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large and will hold the following amounts
of waste:



A small cart will hold 2 - 3 bags of garbage.
A medium cart will hold 3 - 4 bags of garbage.
A large cart will hold 4 - 5 bags of garbage.

Recycling carts are also available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large and will hold the following
amounts of recycling:


A small cart will hold 2 blue boxes.
A medium cart will hold 4 blue boxes.
A large cart will hold 6 blue boxes.

Residents will need to choose the sizes of the garbage and recycling carts they would like to use to
collect their respective household waste. When choosing cart sizes, please keep in mind the amount
of household waste that you and your family produce over a 2 week period. Residents must choose
their cart sizes by March 31, 2015 and can do so in the following ways:

Visit the Region of Peel's website at www.peelregion.ca/waste and choose your cart
sizes online
Attend an Open House hosted by the Region of Peel:
Ward 11 Open House
Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 4-9pm
at Dolphin Senior Public School
18 Brookside Drive, Mississauga, ON L5M 1H3

Carts will be delivered, free of charge, to residences between September-December 2015, and you
will begin using your carts the week of January 4, 2016, when the new waste collection program
begins. Until then, please continue to use your old blue box, green bin, and garbage containers/bags
to collect your household waste. To learn more about the new cart-based, bi-weekly waste collection
program, please visit the Region of Peel's Waste Management website at www.peelregion.ca/waste.
When it comes to protecting and conserving our environment for generations to come, every little bit
that you and your family can do makes a big difference, and a great place to start is with your
household waste! As always, if you need any assistance on this or any other municipal matter,
please don’t hesitate to contact my office at george.carlson@mississauga.ca or 905-896-5011.