Organic waste is defined as any plant or animal-based material that is biodegradable, meaning that it breaks down into carbon dioxide, methane, or simple organic molecules over time. Examples of organic waste include food waste or yard trimmings.  

The average household in Ontario generates approximately 250 kg of household waste annually. When organic waste is disposed of in a landfill, it undergoes anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition and produces methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. If left unattended, this can lead to significant greenhouse gas emissions, with one tonne of organic waste producing one tonne of CO2e, which is equivalent to emissions that would be produced driving across Canada from Loyalist Township to Vancouver. These emissions can be mitigated using several different methods, such as the implementation of an organic waste diversion system. 

Organic waste streams can be diverted away from landfills by separating them at the curb using a green bin program, a practice commonly referred to as Source Separated Organics (SSO). SSO programs can lead to upwards of 50% of a waste stream being kept out of landfills, saving valuable space, and extending the lifespan of the landfill, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This will help achieve Loyalist Township’s strategic objective of being a municipal leader in climate action and environmental stewardship. 

Additionally, when managed properly, SSOs can be integrated into the circular economy by turning waste into a resource. For example, household organics can be converted to compost, a nutrient-rich soil that can be used for gardening and to improve soil quality.  

The purpose of this survey is to engage with residents on current waste practices and to collect feedback on potential waste diversion programs which would be implemented in Loyalist Township. Please note participation of larger apartment buildings and others who access private waste management may vary regarding adoption of potential programs. 

Please take a few minutes to share your insights and forward this link to any other Township residents who may be interested in source separated organics – higher response rates will improve the data. All information collected as part of this survey will remain confidential and is protected under the Statistics Act.   

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