Organic Waste Disposal Coming to Apartments in Mississauga

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If you've ever wished for better organic disposal options in your condo or apartment, it might please you to know that the Region of Peel just launched an apartment organics collection pilot program at a building in Mississauga.

The building, located at 1055 Southdown Road, will be the first of 20 across of the region to test out the brand new program.

"Regional Council and residents alike are excited about this pilot," said Mississauga and Regional Councillor Karen Ras "Extending organics collection to apartment and condominium residents is one of the most important steps we can take to further improve waste diversion."

As of now, most condo and apartment residents dispose of their organics with their other garbage (down the chute and into the great beyond). At this point, only single-family homes benefit from routine curbside organic collection.

Since condos and apartments now comprise a whopping 25 per cent of all homes in Peel, the region has decided it's time they get some more waste disposal options.

"The Region of Peel is committed to diverting 75 per cent of waste by 2034," said Norman Lee, Director, Waste Management for the Region." This pilot program is an important first step in expanding organics collection and processing to multi-residential properties to help achieve that goal."

For those who are unaware, organic waste typically refers to materials that can be processed into a reusable resource. Some examples include food waste and used paper products, which actually make up roughly 40 per cent of household waste.

Removing food and paper waste from other garbage will ultimately reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

According to Peel, residents at 1055 Southdown are happy with the project so far.

"Our residents have been eager to participate in the organics pilot," said Hugh Arrison, Stonebrook Board President. "It's a great opportunity to expand upon our recycling efforts and other green initiatives introduced within our building community."

The pilot will be rolled out at 20 locations throughout November and will continue until December 2017.

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