Environment Lethbridge:
Giving that City Council has adopted waste reduction targets, what strategies would be most effective to meet waste diversion targets?

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Burke

Answer

I am in favour of curbside recycling and of extending the plan to include recycling of organics. The current Council adopted aggressive environmental targets and, if we are to meet these, we will need some system of blue and green bin recycling. Furthermore, redirecting these recyclable materials will also extend the lifespan of our landfill.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

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Curbside recycling and composting is a success in Calgary, Taber, and other communities and helps ensure a longer lifespan for our expensive landfill sites. Action is now required. Meeting our targets will require continued study, monitoring and education but we must move forward with civic collection and waste diversion strategies that includes all citizens. We must engage the creativity and initiative of the private sector in the use of materials diverted.

M

 

Campbell

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Again, I think it's a matter of education and communication.

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Carlson

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The strategies I support are clearly outlined in Council's Waste Diversion strategies. They include Voluntary (through education), Economic, and Regulatory options. the full reports can be found here: http://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Waste-Recycling/Documents/ICI%20Waste%20Diversion%20Strategy.pdf#search=waste%20diversion and http://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Waste-Recycling/Documents/Residential%20Waste%20Diversion%20Strategy%20-%20Final%20w%20Appendices.pdf#search=waste%20diversion

J

 

Coffman

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The best strategy to meet waste reduction targets remains through a policy that offers both incentives and penalties. I would propose that if a resident or business reduces (by weight) their waste going into the landfill, their solid waste bill is also reduced based on an incentivized scale. I would also propose a policy that addresses what the City will do with recycling that has no commodity value or can no longer be recycled (i.e. does it just go into the landfill?) as this will also affect reduction targets. (Note: I submitted a Resolution to this issue to Council Jan. 26, 2016 but the resolution was defeated.)

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Crowson

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Several strategies will be necessary to meet the city's target of 50% waste reduction. These strategies could include, setting up Green Teams to review policies and operations and making suggestions as well as community outreach and education. It would also mean looking at the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), instituting a curb-side recycling project and looking further at curb-side composting.

C

 

Germshied

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Recycling is an inevitable occurrence through all of Canada. We need to sit down and figure out the most efficient and cosy effective way of doing it. We can tweak the plan later but need to decide now and stick to it. I think curb side recycling is the best option right now.

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Gibb

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City council has approved a curbside recycling program, and we need to move ahead with that. This will ensure the continued diversion of waste from our landfills, and provide economic opportunities. Implementing this program will be the best way to continue to meet and eventually surpass, our current waste reduction targets. Once we have implemented this program, we need to look at a composting program to further divert and reduce waste.

B

 

Ginther

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Well, the easy answer is to implement a good recycling program where all citizens are encouraged/required to recycle in bins provided at whuch time garbage pickup would be reduced to every other week resulting in a guaranteed reduction in waste material going to the landfill.

M

 

Heavy Head

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Educating the public on their waste production is key. The public must recognize their impact.

R

 

Hoffarth

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Organic waste represents the proportionally largest problem and so making a substantial reduction means controlling so-called green-waste. Household composting bins have made available and many people are engaging in composting and actively reducing their waste. Changing behaviour requires time and incentives, and where there are incentives and opportunities I trust that entrepreneurs and organizations will act to provide a service solution.

B

 

Hyggen

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With support from the community, recycling within the community is the #1 way to reduce waste. City Council also approved, by resolution, a yearly increase on tipping rates at our landfill to help meet waste diversion targets.

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Iwaskiw

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Residential curbside recycling Education and encouragement for the commercial, industrial, institutional and construction customers with eventual financial penalties for non-compliance Increase in tipping fees This council is doing all of the above

R

 

Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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Working with large producers of waste to minimize the waste going into the land fill and maximize what can be recycled.

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Mauro

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Mikuliak

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This is a large issue. It is also quite complex. I would like to believe that all citizens are interested in becoming more efficient with regard to waste reduction. I would like to investigate other models as well? Can we, as a community, begin investigating the use of waste at a power source? There are many European countries and communities that are implementing such strategies, drastically reducing their carbon footprint and effectively using their waste as a resource. These sorts of models would be interesting to investigate. Is there a reason that Lethbridge could not be on the cutting edge of that sort innovation? It would be interesting to find out.

R

 

Miyashiro

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- Implement the waste management strategies that have been approved by Council. - Utilize continuous improvement methodologies to ensure the implementation of those strategies remains effective and relevant.

R

 

Morrell

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As I'm unsure of what targets are currently in place, and how far short we are falling in this regard, I would need to do more research in seeing what is presently being done and how we  could meet or exceed what is currently being done.

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Paladino

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Recycling is the answer. The question is WHO should do it...City? Private? Homeowner?

R

 

Parker

Answer

Continuing to follow through with the Waste Reduction Policy and the plans that were set forward and approved.

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PEREVERSEFF

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The City SHOULD NOT be involved in curbside recycling or the operation of a Material Recycling Plant. These services should be fully operated by the private sector. The City should provide education to the business and residential sector regarding waste diversion and encourage participation in meeting reduction targets. The existing recycle stations should be better monitored to ensure that proper sortation of recycled material dropped off, goes in the correct container(s). Incentives in the way of shared rebates should be offered to residents and business for their recycling efforts, these rebates to come from the actual income received from the sale of the recycled materials.

J

 

Pogorzelski

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We should have different sizes of garbage cans that each household can pick which one they want. The larger then garbage can, the more the household has to pay on property taxes towards waste collection.

L

 

Saloff

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

J

 

Shackleford

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Encouraging recycling at all levels both personal household and business owners. Looking at the potential that "recycled material" has in road repairs, buildings,pathways, etc.

C

 

Spearman

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1. Leading by example - the city must demonstrate that they are committed and not just asking others to reduce waste. 2. Working effectively with our largest producers of waste in our community to identify creative and environmentally sustainable alternatives. 3. Community eduction and awareness - communicating what we are doing and how businesses and individuals can help.

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Takahashi

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Expanding curbside recycling to include curbside composting. Organic matter makes u nearly 50% of all waste in our landfill. Banning all plastic bags and banning styrofoam containers from restaurants. Continued campaigns and education on reduce/reuse/recycle emphasizing reducing and reusing.

B

 

Thurber

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- education - engagement with industry partners to develop innovative ways of reducing waste. - reaching out to other communities and learning, I do not support leading with fees and charges and punitive measures.

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Watson

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I would support proper recycling initiatives and a composting program to further divert waste away from our landfills. We have to look at waste solutions for commercial and industrial areas in addition to residential areas. We need to make sure they are accessible by all and continuously reviewed and updated as needed over the years to come. We are lucking to be in an age when data and information are readily shared and accessible. Technologies and solutions are happening in shorter timeframes then ever before. There is no reason we should not be using all this information to our advantage as it creates jobs and helps to meet environmental and social needs.

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Wiggers

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

R

 

Woss

Answer

One that requires all businesses and organizations in to recycle the same materials we do at home, plus scrap metal, clear plastic film (polyethylene) and wood.