Reduce, Reuse and Recognize

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Welcome to our waste reduction Jump In Platform!

We are looking to recognize organizations, businesses, and residents across Kawartha Lakes for their efforts in reducing waste (especially single use plastics).

We're encouraging businesses and residents to post their ideas and experiences of creative waste reduction across the City.

We want this space to be interactive, and a way for those committed to waste reduction in Kawartha Lakes to share ideas and recognize those who are doing a great job!

Welcome to our waste reduction Jump In Platform!

We are looking to recognize organizations, businesses, and residents across Kawartha Lakes for their efforts in reducing waste (especially single use plastics).

We're encouraging businesses and residents to post their ideas and experiences of creative waste reduction across the City.

We want this space to be interactive, and a way for those committed to waste reduction in Kawartha Lakes to share ideas and recognize those who are doing a great job!

Do you have a question for us about waste reduction in Kawartha Lakes? Ask us! (Please allow 2-3 business days for us to respond)

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    Perhaps we should be looking at using recycled plastics in road repair. There is a practice around the world where recycled plastics are added as a binder to regular asphalt to produce a very durable product that is up to 60% stronger than regular asphalt and saves a good deal of CO2 through its use. Saves money and the environment - now that sounds good. Check out a video on one company doing it - https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2018/07/02/plastic-roads-uk.cnn.

    Iuaassoc asked 6 months ago

    What a great idea! We will definitely check this out and also forward this to our other relevant departments. This way of thinking of a circular economy where we continue to use products that already exist (used plastic) rather than continuously producing new or virgin products is something that we are going to need to investigate more and more in the coming years.

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    Why is there no green bin program implemented in the City of Kawartha Lakes?

    Wesley asked 7 months ago

    This is a great question. Thanks for asking! The City would like to implement a green bin program for food waste and it is one of the Waste Strategy Initiatives that will be reviewed in 2021. The City ran a pilot program in previous years but found that because we generate a small quantity of green bin waste with processing sites located very far away the collection and transportation costs were very high. However in recent years additional closer facilities will be potential options. Stay tuned for a report to council on this in 2021! Until then we continue to encourage backyard composting which is ultimately the most sustainable option as it does not create any greenhouse gas emissions through collection and transportation since everything stays in your backyard.