The Nov. 20, 2015, Utilities and Corporate Services Committee meeting included:
Waste Diversion Target Update
The Committee recommended that Council approve a revised target date to achieve 70 per cent waste diversion across all sectors by 2025. The target itself has not changed from the original waste diversion strategy, only the date and the timing when The City will consider waste-to-energy.
In 2007, Council approved the 80/20 by 2020 waste diversion strategy, which included recycling and composting programs, landfill bans and education. The strategy projected that those activities had the potential to reach 70 per cent waste diversion with the remaining 10 per cent achieved through waste-to-energy technology. The plan called for the introduction of the Blue Cart program in 2009, the Green Cart program in 2010 and waste-to-energy in 2018. The City did start Blue Cart in 2009 as planned but Green Cart will launch in mid-2017 once the composting facility is completed. This has delayed the original timeline including when to consider using waste-to-energy technology once all diversion programs are in place.
Committee accepted the recommendation from Waste & Recycling Services to revisit the strategy for construction and demolition waste and report back to Council in Q2 2016. Waste & Recycling Services will report back in Q1 2018 on the potential application of waste-to-energy technology.
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