DID YOU KNOW...that the City of Barrie has implemented a waste diversion program?

NEWSLETTER SPONSOR:

The City of Barrie’s Mission Statement with respect to Sustainable Waste Management commits the City of Barrie “ To develop a community strategy for sustainable waste management that supports current and future service expectations in a manner that is fiscally responsible, socially acceptable and environmentally sound” and it seems like the City is busy to try and do this.  The City of Barrie’s population has been growing and over the next 20 years the population is expected to grow by 50%.  This creates challenges for waste management.

In 2012, the City of Barrie completed development of a Sustainable Waste Management Strategy.  The Strategy included developing an action plan for effective, efficient and responsible change to waste collection and diversion and disposal systems.   In response to these goals, the City of Barrie has created an Organics Collection Pilot Program.

We recently connected with Lindsay Quinn, a Waste Reduction Coordinator with the City of Barrie.   Lindsay has well-developed knowledge of integrated waste management systems and effective waste diversion promotion and education programs. Over the next year she will be working closely with the Multi-Residential sector, including condominiums, to coordinate the Organics Collection Pilot Program, as well as establishing a strong database of information on the Multi-Residential sector to assist with developing  future waste management programs.

                We had the following questions for Ms. Quinn:

1)What is the Organics Collection Pilot Program being implemented by the City of Barrie?

The Organics Collection Pilot Program is a pilot project developed to test organics collection in multi-residential buildings. The pilot allows for open communication between City staff, residents and site superintendents regarding its functionality, benefits, challenges, and any potential improvements. The goal is to gear the program to multi-residential properties specific needs in order to ensure its success.

2)How does it work?

Each building participating in the pilot was provided with large organics collection carts, small in unit green bins, and will have on going promotion and education of the program as needed at each site to ensure maximum participation. Residents fill their green bins and empty as necessary into the large carts provided. Currently, the carts are collected once weekly. The City has a dedicated staff member for the duration of the pilot.

3)When did it come into effect and how long will it run?

The pilot is running from January to December of 2016.

4)What is the purpose of the program?

Providing the organics program to residents of multi-residential properties creates parody with the single-family homes in regards to diversion programs offered to residents. Council also approved a municipally provided Front End Bin Garbage collection service (Motion 15-G-233) to be phased in beginning in 2017. One of the requirements for this service is mandatory participation in an organics program. The municipally provided Front End Bin program could reduce the need for private haulers and added waste fees.

5)How will this make waste management more efficient and environmentally friendly?

Participating in the Organics program can reduce garbage waste significantly. The organics program helps extend the life of the Barrie Landfill and saves valuable landfill space by diverting food waste from disposal. Additionally, the program helps reduce greenhouse gases such as methane produced from decomposing materials. The organics materials are instead recycled back into the environment and are turned into nutrient rich compost.

6)How is success being measured?

We are currently tracking the participation rate and tonnages collected from each building on the pilot. This allows us to estimate the feasibility and total program cost to provide the program to all multi-residential buildings in Barrie.

Thank you to Ms. Quinn for her time, we look forward to hearing how the Organics Collection Pilot Project progresses.

Biographical Information:

Lindsay has a Diploma in Environmental Technology from Georgian College and is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice through Royal Roads University.  As a Waste Reduction Coordinator, Lindsay has well-developed knowledge of integrated waste management systems and effective waste diversion promotion and education programs. Over the next year she is dedicated to working closely with the Multi-Residential sector in which she will be coordinating the Organics Collection Pilot Program, as well as establishing a strong database of information on the Multi-Residential sector to assist with developing potential future waste management programs. You can get in touch with Ms. Quinn using the following information:

Lindsay Quinn                                                   Waste Reduction Coordinator                            The City of Barrie                                          Central Ontario's Premier Waterfront Community

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