Long-Term Waste Management Plan

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Why do we need a Waste Plan?

Durham Region needs a plan to manage our waste for the next 20 years. We’ve accomplished great things with the old plan, now we need to look to the future. Now, more than ever, we need to consider:

  • Population growth
  • More people means more waste to manage
  • Changes to regulations
  • Climate change
  • Waste as a resource
  • Circular Economy

Durham Region is also promoting innovation and environmental sustainability in its Strategic Plan. We’re looking to the future with clean energy solutions, green technologies, programs that divert waste, increasing resource recovery, and concentrating on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To support these objectives, Council approved a Mixed Waste Pre-sort and Anaerobic Digestion Facility. This new facility will result in more waste diversion and the production of renewable natural gas.

What is Mixed Waste Pre-sort and Anaerobic Digestion?

The Mixed Waste Pre-sort facility uses equipment to remove recyclables and organics, like food waste, from garbage. The organics go to the Anaerobic Digestion Facility where bacteria digests the organic waste and creates renewable natural gas. Watch our animated video for an overview of mixed waste pre-sort and anaerobic digestion.

Have your say on the future of waste management in Durham by participating in the Waste Plan virtual consultation. The comment period will close on September 30, 2020.

Why do we need a Waste Plan?

Durham Region needs a plan to manage our waste for the next 20 years. We’ve accomplished great things with the old plan, now we need to look to the future. Now, more than ever, we need to consider:

  • Population growth
  • More people means more waste to manage
  • Changes to regulations
  • Climate change
  • Waste as a resource
  • Circular Economy

Durham Region is also promoting innovation and environmental sustainability in its Strategic Plan. We’re looking to the future with clean energy solutions, green technologies, programs that divert waste, increasing resource recovery, and concentrating on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To support these objectives, Council approved a Mixed Waste Pre-sort and Anaerobic Digestion Facility. This new facility will result in more waste diversion and the production of renewable natural gas.

What is Mixed Waste Pre-sort and Anaerobic Digestion?

The Mixed Waste Pre-sort facility uses equipment to remove recyclables and organics, like food waste, from garbage. The organics go to the Anaerobic Digestion Facility where bacteria digests the organic waste and creates renewable natural gas. Watch our animated video for an overview of mixed waste pre-sort and anaerobic digestion.

Have your say on the future of waste management in Durham by participating in the Waste Plan virtual consultation. The comment period will close on September 30, 2020.

  • Durham Region to host Waste Plan Virtual Town Hall

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    30 Oct 2020

    Whitby, Ontario – Residents are invited to join Durham Region’s Director of Waste Management Services and other members of our Waste Management leadership team for an hour-long virtual Town Hall session on November 5.

    Community members will have an opportunity to learn more about the Region’s 2021 to 2040 Long-term Waste Management Plan (Waste Plan) and to provide their input to help develop the framework for the plan.

    When: Thursday, November 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Where: The town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please visit durham.ca/WastePlanTownHall to access this event. Pre-registration is not required. For viewing on a mobile device, please download and install the free Microsoft Teams app prior to the event.

    Why: It’s a chance for residents to join the conversation and provide their feedback on the Region’s vision and objectives for waste management over the next 20 years.

    Note: To learn more about Durham’s Waste Plan, please visit durham.ca/WastePlan.

    Your voice matters! Questions can be submitted ahead of the Town Hall through email at WastePlan@durham.ca.