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Ontario looking at banning food waste in garbage

Date August 15, 2017 Author Lucy Robinson Categories Industry News | News

In five years time Ontarians may be putting out a whole lot less garbage at the curb.

A position paper from the province released this spring on how to reduce greenhouse gases calls for the possibility of banning food waste from landfills.

A number of municipalities have already implemented green bin programs or other initiatives to divert organic waste, but London hasn’t been able to get one on the books.

“Food waste represents about a third to 40 percent by weight of the material that we put out at the curb. That’s why the province is targeting it. Other municipalities have already jumped onto this bandwagon. They have put in place programs to deal with a portion of it,” said Jay Stanford, London’s Director of Environment, Fleet, and Solid Waste.

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