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Plastic bags, dog feces allowed in Ottawa green bins after Canada Day

The change was approved by city council in March, but the city has now rolled out details of when the change will take effect.
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Dropping plastic bags filled with kitchen scraps and dog feces in your green bin will no longer be a problem as of July 2, the city has announced.

The change was approved by city council in March, but the city has now rolled out details of when the change will take effect.

The goal of allowing plastic bags and dog waste into the organic waste stream is to get more of us using our green bins. A survey, conducted for the city by Hill+Knowlton Strategies, found that 77 per cent of households with curbside collection currently use the green bin, but that more of us would if plastic bags were allowed.

The survey also found that some green bin users were inconsistent in their use. The city currently diverts 50 per cent of its waste away from landfills but once the plastic bags are allowed in the green bin, the city believes it can eventually increase its diversion rate up to 63 per cent.

The changes to the green bin program are predicted to cost about an extra $626,000 per year.




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