The Municipal Council of North Grenville is looking for input from residents on the future of waste management.

Council has set a discussion forum for March 25th at the Urbandale Arts Theatre in the Municipal Centre. The forum will run from 6:30 to 8:30 that evening.

Mayor Nancy Peckford says the timing of the discussion forum is critical because the Municipality’s waste management services contracts expire later this year. She adds Ontario is foreseeing significant changes to the residential waste management approach.

North Grenville diverted 26-percent of its waste from landfill in 2017. The provincial government is in the process of implementing the Waste Free Ontario Act. The Act aims to achieve a target of 30-percent diversion by 2020 and 50-percent by 2030. The Act makes producers responsible for their products and how the materials are managed at their end of life. A plan to ban organic material from being directed to landfills is also apart of the act.

The Municipality says they recognize that implementing an organic waste program may come with significant benefits. Other programs that are being looked at include leaf and yard waste pick-up, bulky item pick-up, and bi-weekly garbage pick-up.

Residents and business leaders can also complete a survey to share their opinions on recycling, garbage, organic and yard waste pick-up, as well as the frequency of service. The survey can be found here until 9:00 in the morning on April first 2019. Paper copies will be available at the Municipal Centre (2nd floor reception desk) and the North Grenville Public Library.