For Immediate Release
February 23, 2001

Mitch Zamojc
Public Works
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4395


(Brampton) - Regional Council yesterday passed a resolution to begin weekly collection of grey and blue boxes, together with the introduction of a phased-in bag limit program. The new weekly collection will begin in June 2001. The bag limit program will be implemented in September 2001.

"Peel residents are already doing a great job of diverting waste," says Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. "In fact, 86 per cent of Peel residents put less than three bags of garbage out to the curb each week. The bag limit will result in more diversion to recycling programs. We want to build awareness with our residents about the amount of waste they put out and encourage them to continue their diversion efforts."

With the bag limit program, residents will be encouraged to put no more than three bags or containers of waste out to the curb each week. Details about the bag limit program will be presented for discussion at Council, and an education program will begin. This program, together with the weekly blue and grey box collection, will help residents direct more into recycling programs.

"The introduction of a voluntary bag limit is one of a number of components of our Long Term Waste Resource Management Strategy, which outlines our goal of reaching 70 per cent diversion between the years of 2006 and 2008," says Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "Because of the increase in recycling, which we're expecting with the introduction of the bag limit program, Council has decided to move to weekly collection of blue and grey boxes to alleviate potential storage problems for residents."

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