KAWARTHAS: Kawartha Lakes City Council approved the Pilot Mattress Recycling Program that is set to start June 1st, 2018 and end on December 31st, 2019.
The 19-month-long program will cost a total of $197,100; $72,600 for 2018 and $124,500 for 2019. Staff are to report back to council with the pros and cons from the pilot program, by July 31st, 2019, with future recommendations and 2020 budget expectations.
This recycling program is part of the Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy, which, for those who don't know, is a “a document that will guide the delivery of recycling and waste management services for the City of Kawartha Lakes for the next three decades.”
Some may ask what does the plan entail? According to an official report, “Ultimately, the Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy, with its goal of achieving a 70 per cent waste diversion rate, will lead the community towards being one of the top performing municipalities in efficient and effective waste management in Canada.”
By implementing various short and long-term initiatives; reduce, reuse, recycle and innovate, the city says it will divert waste in landfills, among other things. These initiatives include: the mattress recycling program, lowering curbside waste limit, supporting backyard composter use, installing a searchable online waste reduction database, setting up a construction materials reuse program at the landfill, and requiring alternative fuel use for waste collection vehicles.