Getting greener: Solution may be in bags
introduction of garbage bag tags. A “best
Open houses are being considered to
practice” would entail the arrival of a new
their blue boxes, an increase over the 2009
promote waste diversion and waste
garbage collection schedule whereby trash
total of 1,325 tonnes.
reduction. Plus, the plan would include the
would be picked up on a bi-weekly rather
The Hawkesbury and area waste
A key to boosting blue box use is
updates, school programs and community
participation in the recycling program.
increasing the very low participation rate
to make the region greener.
among apartment building and
Over the last few years, the regional
The volume of material recycled in the
condominium dwellers. A survey of multi-
to encourage people in Hawkesbury,
three municipalities rose by about six per
residential properties in Hawkesbury and
notions, such as the establishment and
cent last year. In 2010, residents dropped a
Champlain showed the participation rate
enforcement of bag limits and the
more and send less garbage to landfills.
fluctuated between 10 and 12 per cent.
However, participation rates have risen
with large roll-out containers instead of the
smaller individual blue boxes.
for unanimity, Hawkesbury council
members are not sure how to proceed
with the preparation of a long-term
The mayor has suggested the
municipality retain a consultant, at a cost
of $10,000, to help
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blueprint for growth.
However, he failed to get the
the idea Monday.
“We are not talking about a $100,000
study here,” Berthiaume said. “We are
talking about a meeting with
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to be effective, the plan must receive the
unanimous support of council. “If we
believe in it, we can promote it,”
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During the election campaign,
Berthiaume had pledged to present a
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