How highrise goes from 20 garbage bins to 1 a month...
October 16, 20202 min read
Image via: Toronto Environmental Alliance
The reality of waste for apartment buildings...
Often, the biggest challenge for multi-residential buildings is that many were designed before recycling and organics collection existed. Consequently, they make increasing waste an issue, instead of recycling. Convenience is replacing sustainability.
In Toronto, the majority of highrise residents only divert 27% of their waste away from landfills. This is less than half (65%) for those that live in houses.
A game changing highrise...
A building with more than 1000 residents is kicking this statistic to the curb! It has managed todivert 85% of its waste to recycling and composting instead of landfill.
Thissaves them $15,000 a yearin waste fees as they only have to dispose of1 dumpster instead of 20 a month!
How they achieved this...
Mayfair on the Green significantly reduced waste by implementing the following practices:
Converting their garbage chute into an organics chute (and making people take their garbage).
Creating a main floor recycling room to handle a variety of waste, including cooking oil, e-waste, hazardous waste and reusable items that could be offered to other residents before being donated to charity.
Doing door-to-door outreach so residents understood proper disposal for each kind of waste.