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Kawartha Lakes clear bag program promotes diversion and sustainability

January 26, 2016 - Kawartha Lakes Council members have endorsed a plan to see the City transition to clear garbage bags by January 1, 2017.

Part of the recent Council-approved Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy, the clear garbage bag program is expected to divert upwards of 600 tonnes of waste annually.

“Implementing innovative, forward-thinking programs that aid in the reduction of waste and increase in recycling and sustainability is a good thing,” said Manager of Environmental Services, David Kerr.

Kawartha Lakes will join about 40 other municipalities across Ontario that have already made the switch to clear garbage bags.

“This isn’t a new program, but in every municipality that has implemented clear garbage bags there has been a positive decrease in waste and an increase in recycling,” explained Heather Dzurko, Waste Management Operations Supervisor. “In addition, this program will reduce the amount of hazardous materials going to the landfill and improve safety for waste collectors.”

Mayor Andy Letham noted extending the life of City landfills through increased diversion makes good business sense.

“Our City landfills are filling up,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “We all need to work to reduce garbage entering our waste streams and increasing the amount of recycling we do.”

Staff will begin a year-long education campaign to make sure residents, both full-time and seasonal, are aware of the program.

“We recognize there will be a change for people and we want to give them as much time as possible to begin the change over,” said Mr. Kerr. “Residents can begin using clear bags anytime they like but we are aiming for full-implementation between September and December of this year.”

A Frequently Asked Questions section has been created on the City website under Residents / Waste & Recycling that will answer additional questions about the program.

“We’re excited that Council has endorsed this initiative and supported our efforts to become a more sustainable community,” said Mr. Kerr. “Residents can expect to see additional details as we move forward.”


For more information please contact:

David Kerr
Manager, Environmental Services

705-324-9411 Ext. 1118

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