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What is the Northern Six (6) Waste Collection Contract

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In October 2006, the northern six (N6) Region of York municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville collaborated efforts to develop and implement a new waste diversion strategy originating from the Joint Waste Diversion Strategy for York Region.  The Joint Waste Diversion Strategy was reviewed and updated in December 2009.  The goal of the joint initiative was to maximize solid waste collection efficiencies, minimize solid waste system collection costs and introduce new waste diversion initiatives (e.g. a household organic collection program) to 76,000 households to divert a minimum of 65% of waste from landfill. The group first developed a new waste diversion strategy in consultation with the public that included an enhanced recycling, yard waste and household hazardous waste diversion program and the introduction of a new program to collect and compost household organic waste. A joint solid waste collection contract was then developed that aligned waste collection activities and programs among the 6 municipalities in an effort to create an efficient and cost effective collection system.

The project concluded with the implementation of a new waste collection system, shared communication and public education program, joint customer service arrangement, and roll out of 70,000 organic collection containers in September 2007. In addition to savings to the taxpayer, the project provides residents with an increased waste and recycling collection service level. Under the previous program, garbage was collected weekly, blue box materials were collected every other week and yard waste collection occurred between 4 and 6 times per year. The new waste collection program provides garbage collection every other week, weekly blue box collection, weekly household organic waste collection, and yard waste collection every other week between April and November.

As of November 2007, the program has almost doubled the amount of waste diversion, exceeding the provincial target and expects to exceed its goal of 65% waste diversion by 2010.

This project is a sustainable development initiative resulting in cost savings, replicable best practices, and environmental benefits.