Residents encouraged to recycle organics – Ontario News

Residents encouraged to recycle organics – Ontario News

Feed the green bin, not the landfill.

County residents may be reaping rewards if they take part in the curbside organics program.

And what they set out at the curb may be getting the once-over.

Simcoe County councillors will be pondering a rewards program for participation in the curbside organics program at the regular meeting of council April 11.

The program does not involve the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia, however.

If approved, the proposal would see a combination of random staff inspections in various neighbourhoods to confirm compliance with organics recycling throughout the county during the summer, as well as encouraging residents to nominate themselves via social media.

Residents found to be participating in the green bin program would receive a gold-star sticker on their green bin, publicly rewarding their participation, according to Rob McCullough, the county’s director of solid waste management.

“A small prize pack could potentially contain sample compostable bags and a T-shirt or a hat, which could be worn to publicly recognize their participation and spread the message of green bin usage,” he said. “A message would be included in the prize pack acknowledging the resident’s green bin usage and encouraging them to utilize social media to share the message of green bin use in order to be eligible for a draw at the end of the summer for a larger reward.”

County staff would work with the procurement and economic development office in obtaining the larger prize of a family stay at a local resort or other similar reward to promote local destinations and attractions, he added.

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