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Solid Waste Talking about reducing garbage Part I What happens to solid waste in Sudbury? How much waste do we produce, and where does it go? • Total tonnes of waste in 2009: 148,407 • Total tonnes landfilled in 2009: 107, 056 (72%) - going to 3 landfills: Sudbury, Valley East, Rayside-Balfour • Total tonnes diverted in 2009: 41,351 (28%) Waste Diversion in Greater Sudbury Recycling - residential: glass containers; metal containers; empty paint and aerosol cans; aluminum, plastics #1,2,4,5; polystyrene foam #6; plastic bags; tetrapacks; paper; cardboard - Multi-residential and commercial: by special agreement - special events recycling Waste Diversion in Greater Sudbury Composting - green bin program - yard and waste clippings - backyard composter available ($38) - encouragement to grass cycle and compost Waste Diversion in Greater Sudbury Landfill diversion area - scrap metal and ‘white goods’ (stoves, fridges, etc) - re-usable cloth items - electronic waste - wood waste - sod - concrete and brick - tires Waste Diversion in Greater Sudbury Other city programs - household hazardous waste - clean-up programs - pilot projects - bulky item collection - re-use store Non-city waste diversion - Bargain Hunter/on-line sales; garage sales; Value Village; re-store; Canadian Diabetes Association, Community Living; Computers for schools; etc. What progress has been made? single stream blue box collection 2006 recycling of polystyrene foam, cardboard cans, plastic bags 2007 generate electricity with landfill gases waste collection and waste diversion programs for multi-unit residential (small 2009 fee) green cart organic collection for low density residential 2010 pilot project for organics colelction in high density residential • Tonnes diverted and percentage of waste Percentage of waste diverted 30 diverted is increasing • More types of waste can 25 20 15 be diverted 10 5 • tonnes of waste landfilled 0 1 2 Year (2000 – 2009) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 has decreased from 2007 to 2009, but is still 35% above 120000 2004 levels 100000 80000 Tonnes • Provincially, CGS is landfilled below the median for 60000 Tonnes diverted amount of waste collected 40000 per household; above the median for the amount of 20000 residential waste that is landfilled; below the 0 median in diversion rate 1 Year (2000 – 2009) 3 5 7 9 What’s next? • ICI Waste Diversion strategy • Construction and demolition recycling site • Total tonnes diverted in 2009: 41,351 (28%) zero waste recovery park zero waste commitment waste audits What else can be tracking participation done? ecostations bag tags demonstration sites Your ideas... Part II What can you do at your own school, university, or college? Reduce, reuse, recycle..... and buy used/recycled • Waste prevention: e.g. waste reduction strategy, purchasing policies, non-disposable supplies • Waste diversion • Reuse: e.g. office supply exchange; swap shop; ‘free market’; donation of furniture, equipment, extra food; ‘2nd life’; ‘terracycle’ • Recycle: e.g. expand list of recyclables collected; closed cycle recycling, convenient and accessible • Compost: e.g. compost/mulch landscape waste; compose collection throughout campus/residences; on-site composting • Purchasing used/recycled content But where to start, how to choose, and what next? • What waste is being produced – a waste audit • What materials to target – impact and feasibility • The practical details – e.g. who does what; collection/storage/transportation of materials • Setting goals and tracking progress Project examples from other campuses... Food • ‘lug-a-mug’ • retrofitting water fountains to fill water bottles • incentives and wash stations for those using their own dishes at cafeterias • using real dishes and dispensers (versus small packages); compostable dishes in the interim • composting kitchen waste • collecting kitchen oil/grease for biodiesel • litterless lunches Project examples from other campuses... Paper • Duplex copying/printing • Make memo pads with scrap paper • replace paper copies with electronic copies Project examples from other campuses... E-waste • E-swaps • Donate electronics Special Events • Zero waste events • ‘Move out madness’ Your experiences and ideas? Part III The EarthCare Sudbury Local Action Plan Goal: no future need for additional landfill space in Greater Sudbury Our landfills have a remaining life of 20-25 years. • Objective: reduce the amount of solid waste produced annually by the community • Objective: divert 65% of residential waste produced in Greater Sudbury • Objective: Increase recycling and reuse in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector. • Objective: Educate residents about sustainable solid waste practices. - Objective: reduce the amount of solid waste produced annually by the community EarthCare partners: Advocate for packaging regulations that target waste reductions at the source; Implement waste reduction programs at their facilities; Promote alternatives to plastic shopping bags; Promote the use of reusable food and beverage containers; Discourage consumption of bottled water; Raise awareness about garbage – its origins and impacts; Raise awareness about the alternatives to hazardous products What else can the City, community groups, businesses, and institutions do? -Objective: divert 65% of residential waste produced in Greater Sudbury The City of Greater Sudbury: Inform residents about how to divert waste properly; Offer City- wide collection of household organic materials at curbside; Assess the need for larger residential blue boxes; Provide increased recycling options along city streets and in public spaces What else can the City, community groups, businesses, and institutions do? -Objective: Increase recycling and reuse in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector. The City of Greater Sudbury: Develop and implement a Waste Diversion Strategy for the ICI sector; Prepare a plan for the reuse and recycling of construction and demolition waste EarthCare Sudbury Partners: Initiate and maintain recycling programs and other programs to divert waste from landfills; Form eco-industrial partnerships; Capitalize on solid waste reuse opportunities What else can the City, community groups, businesses, and institutions do? -Objective: Educate residents about sustainable solid waste practices. The City of Greater Sudbury: Disseminate information about proper waste disposal practices; Promote reducing and reusing; Recommend alternatives to hazardous products What else can the City, community groups, businesses, and institutions do? -What can you do? Curb purchasing of disposable items; Purchase items with little or no packaging; Avoid using plastic bags; Drink tap water, not bottled water; Properly dispose of hazardous waste; compost; When renovating, practice the 3-R’s; Sell or give away unwanted usable items; recycle as much as possible What else can individuals do? Thank-you!
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