Comment 74640

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted February 22, 2012 at 14:03:54

The 2010 Solid Waste Management Annual Report cites 49% diversion rates for residential. Not sure how they parse out multi-unit buildings, but apparently "99% of all multi-residential buildings in the City now have three-stream waste collection."

Obviously there's a problem with diversion buy-in--I see remarkably few green bins out on the sidewalks in my neighbourhood--and we can speculate at length at the causes. Regardless, I think public education needs to be a priority. Everyone can access diversion programs, now it's a matter of using public education combined with incentives to get regular folks to participate.

Earlier in this debate, some councillor chimed in that we need not worry about diversion rates among this generation, because, by golly, kids are better recyclers than their parents.

This take on human psychology is only completely misguided: Role modelling is arguably the most powerful teaching method there is, and most people immediately see the folly in "Do as I say, not as I do."

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