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Organics and recycling up one year after change to every-other-week curbside collection

Niagara Region held a media event today at Glenridge Naturalization Site to celebrate the one-year anniversary of every-other-week garbage collection and acknowledge Niagara residents for their amazing work in increasing the use of the Green Bin.

Niagara residents are doing their part as Green Bin tonnage is up 24 per cent and garbage tonnage is down almost 16 per cent. Recycling tonnages have also increased by almost 8 per cent since the new collection changes came into place.

Niagara Region partnered with Land Care Niagara to secure a tree to plant at the end of today’s event to celebrate the milestone. Niagara residents have demonstrated their commitment to the environment through their diversion efforts. To recognize this, Niagara Region will contribute to Land Care Niagara’s rural tree planting and natural heritage programs. Through these programs, they plan to plant 20,000 trees in 2022.

Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site, the venue for today’s event, operated as a municipal landfill site from 1976 to 2001. In the 1990s, it was decided that a naturalization site with a trail system would replace the landfill once it closed on Jan. 1, 2002.

Niagara Region launched the new curbside collection changes on Oct. 19, 2020, which saw the following collection changes for low-density residential properties:

  • ​Recycling (Green Bin, Blue Box, Grey Box) collected every week
  • Garbage collected every-other-week, with residents able to put out two bags/cans

The collection changes help to preserve landfill space by diverting organics, and other recyclables, help keep collection costs down, save our natural resources and reduce our impact on climate change. Niagara residents and businesses were informed of the pending changes through a communications campaign starting in summer 2020, which encouraged residents to Box It. Bin It. Sort It.

The new collection contract also split Niagara Region into two areas:

  • GFL Environmental Inc. is the contractor for Collection Area One (Grimsby, Lincoln, Pelham, Thorold, Wainfleet and West Lincoln)
  • Miller Waste Systems Inc. is the contractor for Collection Area Two (Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colborne, St. Catharines and Welland.)

Visit the Niagara Region Waste Management website for more information on programs and services or download the Niagara Region Waste app.

Quotes

"On behalf of Niagara Region staff and our partners in curbside collection, disposal and processing, I want to thank Niagara for their increased participation in recycling and usage of the Green Bin. It is great to see the progress so far and we want to continue to increase Niagara’s waste diversion rate. If you have questions about how to use your Green Bin, please check out the resources on the Niagara Region website, download the Waste Management app, or contact us."
~ Catherine Habermebl, Director Waste Management Services
"The increase in our Green Bin usage and in our recycling program shows Niagara residents commitment to being environmentally oriented, which I always knew they were. We are making our communities a better place for today and for future generations by using our Green Bins, recycling properly and minimizing the amount of garbage we put at the curb. Thank you to everyone for doing their part and let’s keep improving our use of the Green Bin and Blue and Grey Box."
~ Jim Bradley, Regional Chair

Media Inquiries

Norm Miller
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3215
norman.miller@niagararegion.ca


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