Comprehensive Master Plan working towards a zero waste society
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York SM4RT Living Plan will guide York Region towards becoming a zero-waste society within 40 years.
The future of waste management requires programs that focus on waste prevention, reduction and reuse. The plan will identify how York Region residents purchase goods and services, how waste is generated and disposed and encourages residents to think and act in sustainable ways.
SM4RT Living Plan encompasses three phases:
• Delivering baseline information
• Determining our goals
• Developing a blueprint to achieve these goals
“The SM4RT Living Plan goes beyond York Region’s successful solid waste management programs currently in place,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “We now need to look ahead 40 years and determine what programs are required to achieve a zero-waste future. York Region has one of the most advanced waste management and waste diversion systems in North America and the SM4RT Living Plan will help further our leadership role.”
Phase one of the SM4RT Living Plan provided insight into existing and potential future policies and programs that could impact waste management in York Region. To support the development of a “Best in Class” solid waste management program, communities within North America and beyond were examined as possible models for York Region.
Areas to be examined include single and multi-family residential waste, industrial, commercial and institutional waste, construction and demolition waste, funding models and municipal sustainability practices.
Over the summer, extensive public consultation took place, such as attendance at fairs, festivals, shopping malls, farmers’ markets and little league sports games. More than 500 residents took part, sharing their opinions about the future of waste management.
“Our goal is to eliminate waste before it happens,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. “SM4RT Living means re-evaluating waste, from the initial product purchase to disposal. We need to cut back on packaging before it hits our doorsteps and this plan will be the strategy to show us how.”
Now in phase two, the next step in the process involves the development of a long-term vision and goals for program delivery. Consultation and engagement will continue throughout the project.
For information on the SM4RT Living Plan or to be included in project information bulletins, please visit www.SM4RTliving.ca
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