The City of London’s Interim Waste Diversion Plan identifies initiatives that will be implemented in 2014 and 2015. These initiatives come from Road Map 2.0 The Road to Increased Resource Recovery and Zero Waste (2014) after consultation with the public on which measures to be undertaken in the short term. Information on the selection of these measures can be found in the July, 2014 Civic Works Committee Report.
In February 2016, Municipal Council approved three additional initiatives that could be started this year at minimal cost. Information on the selection of these measures can be found in the February, 2016 Civic Works Committee Report.
The status nine initiatives from the Interim Plan and the additional 2016 initiatives are listed below:
Status of Nine Initiatives Identified in Interim Plan
1. Northend Depot
- Implemented October 2015. A new north end EnviroDepot at 21462 Clarke Road (TRY Recycling site) was completed as a fully functioning depot in October 2015
2. Provide two Blue Boxes to new homes
- Implemented August, 2014
3. Sell recycling carts to multi-residential building owners at cost
- Implemented January, 2015
4. Add vegetable oil and used motor oil to EnviroDepots
- Required Ministry of Environment and Climate Change approval underway
5. Add mixed polycoat (e.g., hot/cold beverage cups) and blister packaging to Blue Box program
- Implemented October 2014
6. Examine reduced container limits for garbage
- In progress
7. Begin a Community Composting Pilot Project
- In progress - pilot projects at six locations in the community started in 2015 and will continue in 2016
8. Begin Food Reduction Awareness Pilot Project
- In progress - a pilot project will begin in 2016
9. Examine incentive options for Blue Box recycling
- In progress - future direction is tied to Provincial Legislation - Bill 151, Waste Free Ontario Act is being debated in February 2016
Three Initiatives Added to Interim Report in 2016:
- Examine options for increasing Christmas tree composting.
- Examine the advantages, disadvantages and requirements of selling Blue Bloxes at the EnviroDepots.
- Examine options for increased recycling in the downtown core.