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Your Priorities, Your Solutions: City Introduces New Waste Management Strategy

August 24, 2015 - After a year and a half of extensive public consultation, the City of Kawartha Lakes is ready to launch the Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy. This important document, which aims to greatly improve our diversion rate, will guide the delivery of waste management initiatives for our municipality for the next 30 years. At this juncture, the City requests comments from the community.

Through a process that involved workshops, surveys, and many other forms of citizen engagement, the City gathered input to produce a strategy designed to support future recycling and waste management needs. Under the headings of: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Innovate, Making Waste Matter includes both short- and long-term goals that will be phased into our current waste management program starting in 2016 and continuing until 2048. Of note, the strategy is designed to accommodate and adapt to future technologies and opportunities through a regularly-scheduled evaluation.

During the consultation period, community members identified “reduction” as a reoccurring value. As a result, a ‘waste less living’ philosophy will guide the Waste Management Strategy to its goal of diverting 70% of waste away from the landfill from the current 39%, while keeping costs minimal.

It is important that members of the community have the opportunity to have their say in what waste management will look like in the future. Therefore, the City of Kawartha Lakes is asking the community to review the Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy and complete a survey. The survey will be posted until September 4 in the Waste and Recycling section of the City of Kawartha Lakes website. For more information, please call 705-324-9411, x2360.

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For further information, please contact:

David Kerr

Manager, Environmental Services

705-324-9411, x1118

1-888-822-2225

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