Toronto Condos ditching City recycling program

According to the Toronto Star, building owners are abandoning the City's recycling program and opting for private removal companies. That means over the past two years, 75,000 apartment and condo residents have lost access to Toronto's recycling program.

City staff say a confusing fee system and nominal recycling rewards have pushed buildings to seek private removal. By provincial law, private waste removal companies only need to provide basic blue-box service. The city, on the other hand, recycles extras such as organics and electronics.

So the result, ostensibly, is more recyclables ending up in the garbage.

Mayor Miller's 2006 re-election promise was to see 70 per cent of household waste diverted from landfill by 2011. Right now we're at 44 per cent--60 per cent for single-family homes 16 per cent for multi-unit buildings.

And we all know how well that green bin program is going...

The Greater Toronto Apartments Association has voted to recommend council adopt a new fee system for waste removal.

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