April 27th - Council makes organic waste diversion mandatory for multi-residential properties
Council approved a strategy to get more multi-residential properties to divert organic waste. The strategy will make organic waste diversion mandatory for all multi-residential properties that receive City waste collection services. Staff will continue to introduce green bins on a voluntary basis for the remainder of 2022, and will require all new multi-residential properties beginning City collection service as of June 1, 2022 to participate in the program. Staff will bring forward a plan in 2023 to onboard all remaining multi-residential properties.
In addition to mandatory organics diversion, the City will increase promotion and education, pilot new waste technologies, incorporate building design best practices to encourage participation in recycling and organics diversion programs, and update its collections contracts. This is one of several City projects designed to support the City’s new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed in 2023. It also aligns with the Province’s Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement to reduce food waste from multi-residential properties by 50 per cent by 2025 and require those properties to provide food and organic waste collection to their residents.
Council received an update on the status and next steps for the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, including its new governance structure. The new structure includes community leadership action teams to develop and implement detailed plans for each priority, an advisory committee to provide strategic direction, a Councillor sponsors group to champion the plan and to guide strategy, and staff to support the entire initiative and coordinate with participating agencies.
The City will begin recruiting for these bodies in Q2 2022, and will include a broad range of community agencies, institutions, businesses, and individuals with lived experience of the priorities being addressed. A financial strategy and performance measurement and evaluation plan will be brought forward in Q1 2023.
Council approved a zoning amendment that would help the National Capital Commission to revitalize Westboro Beach. This amendment allows construction of a new pavilion that would permit a variety of new uses to help revitalize the beach, including restaurant, bar, patio, farmers’ market and recreational facility. Parking will move east of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the existing lot will be turned into park space. To facilitate construction, Westboro Beach will remain closed for the 2022 season.
Ottawa Police Service and City staff updated Council on preparations to ensure public safety during the Rolling Thunder event this coming weekend.
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