Climate change is a global issue but the pushback has to happen locally. As a city, we are aggressively tipping the balance between waste and recycling, with our 2-bag limit and our approaching green waste program. As with many great programs, there is an economic benefit to the transition. Reusing and recycling limits dead-end or single-use manufacturing and stimulates secondary and tertiary production from the original resources used.
As a city, we are cognizant of the benefits of converting bio-solid waste to energy and co-digestion and our Environmental Services staff are conducting feasibility studies on best practices all the time. Also, being mindful that innovation is expensive, they are always looking for opportunities to secure funding from upper levels of government too, such as they did when we built our secondary waste water treatment plant with 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 funding.
And most importantly, as is frequently showcased in council meetings for the educational benefit of the community, the city is an active supporter and partner of the many environmental groups that champion the health of our great river and bountiful lands. The environment is the one aspect of our lives where we’re all in it together!