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Scarborough complex wins city recycling contest

Date May 16, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

Omni Forest Mansions is the winner of Mayor John Tory’s first-ever “Towering Challenge” aimed at pushing multi-residential buildings across Toronto to reduce landfill-bound waste.

Omni, a high-rise and townhouse complex near the Scarborough Civic Centre, was among 89 buildings that submitted entries in the competition announced last summer.

The contest was open to buildings with either private waste collection or city service. 

An independent judging panel (which included RCO) judged the submissions and chose five additional buildings in other categories, such as best resident engagement.

Tory made the announcement Monday morning at the sprawling, east-end complex to the applause of residents, volunteers and condo management. He called their efforts an “inspiring example” of what can be done to recycle and reduce waste.

Omni implemented a number of initiatives over the six-month challenge, including:

  • Bins were set up to collect substances such as paint cans, turpentine and cooking oil. They picked up and disposed of by the city-operated “toxic taxi.”
  • Participants organized donation and swaps of reusable clothing and household items
  • Ran a repair café to divert reusable items from landfill
  • Raised awareness about recycling

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