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Organic waste collection programs earns Halton Region praise and money $$$

August 27, 2009

Halton Region received an honourable mention award last week for its use of federal gas tax dollars to support the 2008 launch of the GreenCart organic waste collection program.

In 2008, the region delivered organic waste bins to 140,000 homes in Oakville and across the rest of Halton prior to the launch of the source separated organic waste collection program. Federal gas tax dollars almost entirely funded the $3.4-million project, not including collection of the waste.

From April to December, 2008, the GreenCart program resulted in the diversion of 18,000 tonnes of organic material that would have previously gone to a landfill, according to the region.

From January to July this year, the region has collected 16,000 tonnes, said regional staff. The region’s GreenCart organic waste is shipped to the City of Hamilton’s composting facility.

“Weekly use of the GreenCart coupled with the Blue Box (recycling) has led to the success of diverting 60 per cent of residential waste away from the landfill, an incredible accomplishment,” Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr said in a release announcing the region’s award.

View the rest of the Oakville Beaver’s article “Organic waste program earns accolades for Region” here.

Source: Oakville Beaver

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