Building a Better Solid Waste System, Together

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Over the past weeks, we've come together as a community, in-person and online, to talk about our options for evolving HRM's waste system. This video recaps what we heard during the first phase of engagement.

Thank you for participating in this process. The survey and discussion forums are now closed. All responses will be compiled and packaged for inclusion in the final report. Stay tuned for updates.

Answers to your questions

Last updated on October 15, 2013

We've received a lot of questions during our public engagement events and are working on answering them all. Some are similar, so we've grouped them together. You can find the most up to date Q&A below, as well as the list of all the questions you've asked.

What we've heard

Phase 1 of the solid waste strategy review community engagement program consisted of consultations with industry stakeholders, residents of the communities in nearest proximity to the Otter Lake landfill, and members of the general public across all of HRM. A summary of key themes that have arisen in the engagement process thus far and the relative weight of each category of feedback is presented in the following Midterm Project Report.

Over the past weeks, we've come together as a community, in-person and online, to talk about our options for evolving HRM's waste system. This video recaps what we heard during the first phase of engagement.

Thank you for participating in this process. The survey and discussion forums are now closed. All responses will be compiled and packaged for inclusion in the final report. Stay tuned for updates.

Answers to your questions

Last updated on October 15, 2013

We've received a lot of questions during our public engagement events and are working on answering them all. Some are similar, so we've grouped them together. You can find the most up to date Q&A below, as well as the list of all the questions you've asked.

What we've heard

Phase 1 of the solid waste strategy review community engagement program consisted of consultations with industry stakeholders, residents of the communities in nearest proximity to the Otter Lake landfill, and members of the general public across all of HRM. A summary of key themes that have arisen in the engagement process thus far and the relative weight of each category of feedback is presented in the following Midterm Project Report.

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  • What do you appreciate most about the way we handle our trash in HRM?

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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  • What is most important as we evolve our current waste system?

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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  • What principles should guide our future decisions?

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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  • What are you most excited about regarding potential changes to your curb on collection day? What do you support?

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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    At our public events we've heard a lot about potential changes to your curb on collection day, such as:

    • Clear garbage bags
    • Weekly green cart pick up
    • Single blue cart for all recyclables
    • Garbage bag limits - from 6 bags to 4 per household

     

    What are you most excited about? What do you support?

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  • Let's talk: Increasing diversion (reduce, reuse, recycle)

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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    Discuss if you are in favour of the following options under consideration. Why or why not?

    • Reduce bag limits from 6 to 4
    • Use clear bags for garbage
    • Increase inspections at the curb
    • Increase education at high rise apartments and commercial properties
    • Increase inspections and rejections of material when it arrives at the landfill
    • Expand the household hazardous waste program with new depot(s)

     

    Discuss if you are in favour of the following options under consideration. Why or why not?

    • Reduce bag limits from 6 to 4
    • Use clear bags for garbage
    • Increase inspections at the curb
    • Increase education at high rise apartments and commercial properties
    • Increase inspections and rejections of material when it arrives at the landfill
    • Expand the household hazardous waste program with new depot(s)
     
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  • Let's talk: Changes at your curb

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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    Discuss if you are in favour of the following options under consideration. Why or why not?:

    • Introduce black carts for garbage (with or without user pay model for different size cart)
    • Separate large appliance metal collection from regular garbage
    • Co-collection of multiple waste streams in split trucks

     


    Discuss if you are in favour of the following options under consideration. Why or why not?:

    • Introduce black carts for garbage (with or without user pay model for different size cart)
    • Separate large appliance metal collection from regular garbage
    • Co-collection of multiple waste streams in split trucks
     
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  • Let's talk: Recycling changes

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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    • All recyclables mixed together in 1 bag (plastic, glass, cans, paper, cardboard) instead of the current 2-bag system
    • Introduce blue carts instead of blue bags (including split cart option for existing 2-stream recycling)

    • All recyclables mixed together in 1 bag (plastic, glass, cans, paper, cardboard) instead of the current 2-bag system
    • Introduce blue carts instead of blue bags (including split cart option for existing 2-stream recycling)

     

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  • Let's talk: Organics and composting

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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    • Increase frequency of organics collection to weekly, year-round
    • Collect leaf and yard waste separate from green cart
    • Accept only paper bags for collection of leaf and yard waste
    • Smaller green carts for food waste only
    • Make HRM compost available for purchase

    • Increase frequency of organics collection to weekly, year-round
    • Collect leaf and yard waste separate from green cart
    • Accept only paper bags for collection of leaf and yard waste
    • Smaller green carts for food waste only
    • Make HRM compost available for purchase

     

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  • Let's talk: Landfill site changes

    by IanC, about 7 years ago
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    • Extend operations at existing site (Otter Lake)
    • Discontinue garbage processing at FEP/WSF and repurpose for organics processing
    • Construct consolidated waste campus model at Otter Lake
    • Construct consolidated waste campus model at new landfill site
    • Increase cell height (5, 10 or 15 metres higher)
    • Explore new technology options 

     
    • Extend operations at existing site (Otter Lake)
    • Discontinue garbage processing at FEP/WSF and repurpose for organics processing
    • Construct consolidated waste campus model at Otter Lake
    • Construct consolidated waste campus model at new landfill site
    • Increase cell height (5, 10 or 15 metres higher)
    • Explore new technology options 

     

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