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City seeks input on long-term waste management plan.

October 20th, 2011

EMC News - The City of Ottawa is seeking public input on the development of a 30-year plan to manage and minimize waste.

Councillor Maria McRae, chair of Ottawa's Environment Committee, announced today that the City will host four Waste and Recycling Fairs that will provide opportunities for the public to learn more about waste management issues and provide input into its long-term waste plan. These events will include displays regarding the City's recycling programs, water conservation, and others. They are designed to be informative and fun. All four events will kick-off with a complimentary pancake breakfast sponsored by Enbridge, Moncion's Your Independent Grocer, Quaker Canada and Tim Hortons. They are scheduled as follows:

- Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to noon at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex

- Saturday Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to noon at the Walter Baker Sports Centre

- Saturday Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to noon at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre

- Saturday Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to noon at the Stittsville Community Centre

Councillor McRae also introduced the Goals and Target Setting for Ottawa's 30-Year Waste Plan, to begin the three-phase process of developing its long-term waste plan. Community responses from an online questionnaire at ottawa.ca/talkwaste will help define the vision, goals and targets of the plan and establish priorities for waste management in the City.

The public will have an opportunity to fill out a questionnaire on the future of managing city waste at all four of the Waste and Recycling Fairs and on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rideau Centre, 2nd level, in front of Sears.

On average, every Ottawa resident places about 360 kg of residential waste at the curb each year, including recyclables, compostable material and garbage.

Ottawa has increased recycling and waste diversion with the Green Bin Program and other initiatives and is building on this success to ensure sustainable waste management for future generations. The process will produce a clear framework for planning and decision making to continue to provide the most efficient and cost-effective waste management services for residents.

A report will be tabled at the November 15, 2011 Environment Committee meeting outlining Stage One findings based on feedback from the community. The Committee's Stage One findings in turn are scheduled to go before City Council on Nov. 23.

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