Mississauga Apartment and Condo Residents Demand Green Bin Program for Organic Waste

By Karen Longwell

Published on July 27, 2022 at 5:07 p.m.

Photo by Nghia 20h

Apartment and condo buildings in Mississauga aren’t getting organic waste, but a new petition aims to change that.

The petition calls for the Region of Peel to initiate a green bin program for residents of multi-unit buildings.

43% of waste from multi-residential households was organic material that could have been composted, according to a 2020 Region of Peel waste audit.

“As new residential towers are built across the city, more people are faced with this dilemma and an increasing amount of organic waste is sent to landfill,” the petition reads.

Peel Region piloted organic waste collection in 2017 and 2018 at 19 buildings in Brampton and Mississauga, Peel Region spokeswoman Valerie Lam-Bentley said in a statement.

The pilot project was canceled due to low program uptake, costs, and the fact that only 14% of organics were actually separated and put in the green bin.

By comparison, they typically see 56% of properly separated organics in organic green bins from homes that receive curbside collection.

“Low uptake in an area-wide organic multi-residential program is not an efficient or responsible use of taxpayer dollars,” Lam-Bentley said.

But petition author David Drake argues that it takes time for people to change their ways. He also wonders about the costs.

“How is it more expensive to send a collection truck to a condo with the waste of 100 people instead of driving to 100 individual homes?” asks Drake. “All taxpayer citizens should have access to the same level of service.”

Multi-residential residents in condos and apartments do not benefit from this service.

Many new condos have organic shoots that allow for efficient sorting and simplified collection, he adds.

“For all of these reasons and more, we should work to increase the collection of organic materials,” the petition reads.

To sign the petition or find out more, visit the website.

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