Municipal Organic Recycling Program for London, Ontario
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According to Statistics Canada, every year Ontario residents generate over 12 million tonnes of garbage (enough to fill the Rogers Centre close to 16 times) with three-quarters of that sent to the landfill.
Almost 4 million tonnes of this waste is organic.
Organic waste breaking down in our landfills creates methane gas, a major factor in global warming.
Organic Green Bin programs have already been introduced in parts of Scarborough, Etobicoke, Ottawa, Hamilton, Newmarket, and Ancaster, among other areas in Ontario and all over Canada.
We, the residents of London, Ontario, believe it is our responsibility as The Forest City to join in this initiative and create a 'sustainable loop' to reduce our waste.
We understand the superior efficiency of municipal composting compared to backyard composting. Kitchen waste such as meat and cheese that cannot be placed in backyard compost bins can be recycled through the municipal program. In other words, plates can be completely scraped into Green Bins.
We ask that an organic waste recycling program be introduced that takes into account the need for safe and clean disposal methods (vermin-proof bins and regular waste removal schedules) and accessibility for residents of high-rise apartments other other multi-unit dwellings.
There are critics who believe a municipal organic waste disposal system would be too costly for our city. While we acknowledge the economic costs, we ask that you consider the greater environmental costs of not actively working towards sustainability.
LONDON has the opportunity to become leaders in waste management and KEEP OUR FOREST CITY GREEN!
By supporting this move to organic composting for London, you are helping move Ontario towards its waste-free goals: https://www.ontario.ca/page/strategy-waste-free-ontario-building-circular-economy
For more details on how Green Bins work, please watch the following video made by the Region of Peel: https://youtu.be/r7wgIG-0-Zw
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