By Lethbridge Herald on July 20, 2015.
Lethbridge has set a target to reduce overall community per-capita waste by 50 per cent under a new Waste Diversion Policy adopted today by city council.
The policy sets a five-year target of a 30-per-cent overall per-capita waste disposal reduction by 2021 and a 15-year target of 50 per cent by 2030. Currently, Lethbridge generates 1,150 kilograms per capita of waste annually from all residential and non-residential sources that is disposed of in the landfill. The new targets aim to reduce that figure to 795 kilograms per capita by 2021 and 600 kilograms per capita by 2030.
â€œBy setting tangible waste reduction targets, city council is taking meaningful steps toward achieving one of our strategic goals, which is to take a leadership role in the protection and preservation of our natural environment,â€ said Mayor Chris Spearman.
As part of those targets, the policy sets a goal of increasing residential waste diversion to 50 per cent by 2021 and 65 per cent by 2030. Existing residential recycling programs divert about 20 per cent of residential waste from the landfill. The policy also targets a 25-per-cent reduction by 2021 in waste from the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI) as well as the Construction & Demolition (C&D) sectors, increasing to 45 per cent by 2030.
â€œThis policy commits the City of Lethbridge to taking on a responsible leadership role in the efficient use of our natural resources and minimizing Lethbridgeâ€™s ecological footprint,â€ said Coun. Blaine Hyggen, who chairs Councilâ€™s Environment Committee.
The policy was developed by administration based on direction from council earlier this year to draft a framework to maximize the diversion of recyclable and compostable materials from the landfill and extend the landfill’s operating life.