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For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2013

Region of Peel Council Approves January 2016 Roll-out of Bi-weekly Cart-based Garbage and Recycling Collection

Brampton, ON. (November 14, 2013)  Today Regional Council approved a Region-wide roll-out of bi-weekly cart-based collection.  Beginning January 2016, residents will have their garbage and recycling collected on an alternating every-other-week schedule. Organics will continue to be collected weekly.  The decision to implement bi-weekly cart-based collection will change the frequency and method of waste collection for 330,000 households in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon.  

In preparation of the Region-wide roll-out, Peel residents will be informed of their default garbage and recycling cart sizes by January 2015 through a Region-wide education campaign.  The default cart sizes are based on housing type, knowledge gained from the Region's bi-weekly cart-based pilot and the experiences of other Canadian municipalities that implemented cart-based collection.  Residents will be allowed to modify their cart size to meet their household needs from January to April 2015.  Carts will be delivered to Peel households over a 12 week period from September through to December 2015.   Details of the January 2016 roll-out are available online in the November 14, 2013 Council Report

"The Region-wide roll-out of bi-weekly cart-based collection is an important part of the Long Term Waste Management Plan as it will increase waste diversion by 4 to 6 per cent," remarks Director, Waste Management Norman Lee.  "We are committed to reducing the negative impacts of waste, protecting the Region's natural environment and delivering socially responsible waste management services that meet the needs of our residents.  The move to bi-weekly cart-based collection supports these goals and will save the Region $5 7 million in annual collection costs."

"It is a wise decision to move the Region of Peel to bi-weekly cart-based garbage and recycling collection," says Waste Management Committee Vice-Chair and Regional Councillor Richard Paterak.  "Evidence from the Region's pilot program clearly shows that 80 per cent of pilot participants believe every-other-week collection is a good idea for Peel.   Pilot participants continue to express their satisfaction with the cart-based collection program noting a reduction in litter and odour on collection days."

The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on these programs, call the Region of Peel at 905-791-9499 (or in long-distance areas of Caledon call 905-584-2216, free of charge) or visit peelregion.ca/waste.

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Allison Reynolds
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4867

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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