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CITY OF TORONTO’S LONG-TERM WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
The City of Toronto first introduced a long-term waste strategy in 2014. After many revisions and input from Toronto community, it was finally approved by City Council on July 15, 2016. This strategy will guide waste management in Toronto over the next 30-50 years. The goal is to achieve “zero waste” by implementing various waste diversion policies and programs focused around the “3 Rs” principle (reduce, reuse, recycle). Among the programs are Mayor’s Towering Challenge, 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer Program, and numerous Promotional & Educational resources.
Mayor’s Towering Challenge was launched on June 30, 2016 by Mayor Tory who was inspired by the zero waste success story of 430 Mayfair on the Green. The Challenge motivates Toronto’s apartment and condo buildings to reduce their waste. Currently, only 27% of waste is being recycled and composted in the multi-residential buildings. The city’s goal is to divert 70% of waste, so there is still a long way to go.
3Rs Ambassador Volunteer Program uses resident volunteers to educate the people living in apartments and condos to reduce, reuse, and recycle more. The long-term goal is to have one or more 3Rs Ambassadors in all apartment and condo buildings. Their tasks include putting up posters, organizing waste diversion events, and door-to-door outreach. The City of Toronto will provide the necessary resources and training. Anyone interested in becoming a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer can register online.
The City also offers numerous print resources (stickers, pamphlets, guides, and posters) to help promote waste reduction and educate residents about waste diversion programs.
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