Shared: Simcoe County council defers contentious proposal on mandatory green-bin usage
SIMCOE COUNTY — Simcoe County council has deferred a contentious proposal to make use of green bins mandatory.
Council was due to discuss the issue Sept. 27, but will hold a special council meeting on waste management in the near future.
Although the date for that meeting has not been set, Warden Gerry Marshall said he would like to see it occur “sooner rather than later.”
“We want to move quickly,” he said. “Council’s appetite to discuss this issue is urgent. We don’t want to drag it out.”
County officials proposed requiring residents and businesses to utilize a green bin for organic waste in order to be eligible for weekly curbside collection. The report also included an opt-out for those who do backyard composting.
According to waste management staff, only 40 per cent of organics are being collected in the green bin.
Keeping organics out of landfills is important, said Marshall, because they create methane gas and strong odours/
“We need to get them out of the garbage stream,” he said. “Food is not garbage and we need to change our habits.”
The green-bin proposal is part of the county’s overall waste-diversion strategy to reduce the amount of garbage in the system.
Rob McCullough, the county's director of waste management, said the county’s diversion rate is among the top five in Ontario. However, that number has been stagnant since 2009, leading council to work on achieving a 71 per cent rate by 2020.
Marshall said increasing waste diversion is a key project for the county.
“We don’t want any more landfills,” he said. “If you look at my grandkids, they’re on autopilot when putting things into the proper bins. Folks like myself, we need to make sure we’re doing the right thing.”
Council will look at several other waste-management issues at the meeting, including a suggestion to ban garbage bins larger than 80 litres and reducing the weekly garbage-bag limit.
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