Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) released their 2013 Residential Waste Diversion Rates on February 26th, 2015, with Perth coming in at a rate of 50.14% and the only rural municipality in Eastern Ontario to make the list of twenty Ontario Municipalities. The residential waste diversion rate is the percentage of recycling, organics, and diversion efforts to reduce residential waste entering landfill sites as reported to WDO. Every year, WDO collects reports with this data from over 400 municipalities across OntarioGrant Machan, Director of Environmental Services attributes this success to the Town’s comprehensive curbside waste programs which include weekly organics collection, alternating yellow and blue bin recycling collection, and bi-weekly waste collection.
Mayor Fenik applauded staff on this success stating, “The Environmental Services Department continues to undertake innovative and engaging initiatives that are aimed at educating our community on the importance of sustaining our environment and ways to improve our waste diversion. We are very proud of the numbers released by WDO and thank the community for supporting and using our recycling programs.”