The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended Council approve a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan.
The new 30-year master plan would provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It would look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how we could increase waste diversion rates. Refocussing our approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable over the long-term and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2042.
Following extensive, inclusive and ongoing public engagement and consultation, the master plan would come to the Committee for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff would provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge.
The Committee also received an update on the enhanced Green Bin program, including an announcement that household organic waste can be accepted in plastic bags in the weekly green bin pickup starting on Tuesday, July 2. Residents will be able to put dog waste in green bins as well. A one-year pilot project will also see green bins alongside recycling and garbage bins in 10 parks across Ottawa beginning the first week of July.
These initiatives are expected to increase use of the green bin by 64 per cent by the end of 2023. The City commissioned market research indicating that 63 per cent of residents would be more likely to use the green bin if they could put household organic waste in plastic bags. Among residents with dogs, 61 per cent said they would be more likely to use the green bin if dog waste were permitted. Residents can request a green bin by calling 3-1-1.
The service provider, Renewi, invested $9 million to upgrade its organics processing facility, with $3.9 million to improve odour control measures and to process materials in plastic bags.
Items from today’s Committee meeting that require City Council approval will go to Council on Wednesday, July 10.