Zero Waste Journey

Zero Waste Journey

Posted on July 28, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Zero Waste Journey.

The cornerstone of the new initiatives is an unlimited “clear garbage bag program” that requires residents to use clear garbage bags, in preparation for the transition from the landfilling of waste residue to incineration in 2014.

The clear bag program will ensure Mark-ham’s waste does not contain hazardous or toxic materials, recyclables or organics. In a counterintuitive move, the current bi-weekly three-bag limit has been eliminated and replaced by an unlimited clear bag policy to give residents added flexibility. The advantages of switching to clear bags were too numerous for Markham officials to ignore. Carts and user-pay bag tags were considered but dismissed as ineffective tools for the cost containment and lasting recycling behaviour change Markham sought.

A seemingly simple idea that offers considerable advantages to allow visual inspection of any contaminants in the bags that should really be in another waste stream.