Yes. I think that we need to look to other municipalities and how they have incentivized compliance with recycling and the green-bin programs. City staff have shared how Ottawa’s vision is to be a zero-waste city, but the reality is we are having challenges tackling green bin use in multi-residential buildings, how we manage garbage and recycling in parks and the role technology can play in future waste management (incineration!). I think that we need to make it easy for people to actively engage with this issue, and while I am interested in seeing what the Solid Waste Master Plan will suggest later this year, I think that we can make small steps, like having green bin waste available in city parks. Think about how much dog waste from parks could then be diverted rather than going into the solid waste bins?
Yes. Absolutely, I believe in educating the public on how to recycle and compost properly. I also look forward to working with Waste Management groups to find environmentally friendly options for waste disposal.
Shamsa Sheikh Ahmed
Did not participate.