Tuesday, June 09, 2015

City of Toronto hosts second round of public consultations on strategy for managing Toronto's waste over long term

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:

News Release:  June 9, 2015 

City of Toronto hosts second round of public consultations on strategy for managing Toronto's waste over long term

The City of Toronto is working on a strategy to guide policy decisions on the management of Toronto's solid waste over the next 30 to 50 years. To keep pace and meet future needs, planning must begin now. 

This is the second round of three planned public consultation events, each designed to obtain input at key stages in the development of the new Waste Strategy. The sessions taking place this month focus on:  
• the preliminary options being considered for managing Toronto's waste, and 
• the draft evaluation criteria that will be used to evaluate them.

Members of the public are invited to attend any of the following sessions to provide feedback in person (online registration via http://www.torontowastestrategy.eventbrite.ca is requested):

• Tuesday, June 9: Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, cafeteria, 86 Montgomery Rd., 6:30 to 9 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.) 
• Monday, June 15: Metro Hall, rotunda, 55 John St., 5 to 9 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.) 
• Saturday, June 20: North York Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room, 5110 Yonge St., 1 to 3:30 p.m. (presentation at 1:30 p.m.) 
• Wednesday, June 24: Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Rooms 1 and 2, 150 Borough Dr., 6:30 to 9 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)

Each session will begin with an open house format where attendees may view project information boards and speak to project staff. That will be followed by a presentation, which will lead into breakout sessions involving small group table-top interactive discussions.

Those unable to attend in person may review project information on the City's dedicated website and complete an online survey to provide their feedback.

Previous waste management strategies focused only on managing residential waste, which accounts for just 53 per cent of the waste delivered to the City's landfill. The new waste strategy will also consider non-residential sources of waste that the City is responsible for managing and take into consideration Toronto's growing population, space limitations at the City's landfill and the changing nature of Toronto's waste. 

The Waste Strategy will recommend waste reduction, reuse and recycling policies and programs. It will also include options on how to manage any leftover garbage remaining after making every effort to maximize diversion. All options and industry best practices for waste diversion and disposal methods will be considered and evaluated. The goal is to find solutions that are cost-effective, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy. The public can also complete the survey and subscribe to the mailing list via the website. Those who use social media can join the conversation on Twitter via the handle @GetInvolvedTO and the hashtag #TOwastestrategy.

This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/1Ql1zFe

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Pat Barrett, Strategic Communications, 416-392-4716, pbarrett@toronto.ca 

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