When Does It Go
The Region provides cost-effective, efficient, environmentally responsible waste management services to 1.3 million residents throughout Peel.
On October 9, 1997, Peel Regional Council approved the Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which was renamed the Long Term Waste Resource Management Strategy (LTWRMS) in 1999.
This strategy is built upon a 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover) Waste Management Hierarchy.
This hierarchy prioritizes reduction as the best way to minimize the negative impact of waste.
Reduction means creating less waste in the first place, which reduces the amount of limited natural resources that have to be used.
Some waste, however, is unavoidable.
If a non-recyclable material is used to produce an item, activities that support reuse — such as donating reusable goods to reuse organizations — and recycling — such as putting your recyclables and organics materials in the recycling cart and organics (green) cart — are preferred methods of disposal.
After reuse and recycle, the recovery of energy and recyclable metals completes the waste management hierarchy as an activity preferred over landfill disposal.
Waste management objectives
The first objective of our Waste Management strategy is to design and deliver waste management services that meet the needs of the customer in a cost-effective manner.
Our second objective is to reduce the negative impact of waste.
To meet the first objective, the Region will:
- Regularly review the waste management services offered to ensure they reflect the needs of the residents and businesses we serve.
- Consider a broad range of service delivery options to ensure services are delivered effectively, efficiently and meet our customers' needs.
- Monitor changes within the industry to ensure we are aware of best practices.
- Monitor changes in the legislation governing waste management to ensure we are aware of pending changes and to influence the government to adopt changes that benefit Peel.
- Invest in long term infrastructure.
To meet the second objective, the Region will:
- Increase focus on lowering waste generation rates by developing and implementing a Waste Reduction Plan.
- Increase focus on reuse activities by developing and implementing a Waste Reuse Plan.
- Ensure that the Region's Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Departments (ABCDs) implement waste reduction and reuse plans so that the Region is leading by example.
- Design and implement curbside and multi-residential programs and policies and implement educational programs to increase capture of recycling cart and organics (green) cart material and to decrease recycling cart and organics (green) cart contamination.
- Develop infrastructure to extract the resource value from the waste we collect. By developing this infrastructure we will:
- Reduce the consumption of natural resources, including energy.
- Reduce the emission of pollutants, including greenhouse gases.
- Reduce the need for landfill space.
- Research and implement green procurement practices.
- Advocate for stronger Extender Producer Responsibility legislation.
- Foster collaborative relationships with the packaging, product and retail industries, as well as the food sector to support them in their waste reduction activities.
On October 8, 2015, Council increased the Region of Peel's 3Rs target for reducing, reusing, and recycling/composting waste to 75% from 60%.
On October 22, Council decided to cancel the procurement process for the Peel Energy Recovery Centre because, once the Region achieves its 75% 3Rs target, there will not be enough garbage left to supply the proposed 300,000 tonnes per year facility.
The Region of Peel now is developing a plan to meet its 75% 3Rs target and manage the remaining waste.
For more information, please contact:
Noelle Boughton, Communication Specialist, Region of Peel
Phone: 905-791-7800 x 4855
Email Noelle Boughton