St. Catharines going green with new waste bin program at city facilities

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A new waste management program across St. Catharines will soon make the city’s arenas and recreation centres a little greener.

In the coming weeks, city staff will be introducing new garbage, recycling, and organic bins in the Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, the Seymour-Hannah Centre, as well as City Hall in an effort to reduce the amount of waste sent to local landfills.

Anthony Martuccio, director of engineering, facilities and environmental services for the city, said the goal of the new pilot project is to offer more ways for residents to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly way.

“The installation of these bins marks an important first step in our new waste management strategy," he said.

"Our goal is to increase our waste diversion rate by providing better opportunities for staff and residents to dispose of recycling and organic waste."

The new waste management strategy hopes to reduce the amount of waste collected at facilities across St. Catharines by 65 per cent once fully rolled out.

One of the biggest changes will be removing single container recycling and garbage bins that currently exist in city facilities, and replacing them with new multi-container bins that allow waste to be further separated, and help reduce the amount of material that gets thrown in the trash.

City staff hope the introduction of organic bins at places like the Kiwanis Centre and Seymour-Hannah Centre, which didn’t exist before the pilot program, will allow residents to make more environmentally conscious decisions, and prevent those items from ending up in the garbage.

Martuccio said the new multi-container and organic bins will first be introduced at City Hall before being rolled out at the Kiwanis and Seymour-Hannah Centres, adding anyone visiting will be able to find the new bins throughout the common areas of the building.

Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News