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CITY OF TORONTO

“WE’RE LOOKING AT CONSERVING RESOURCES AND PRIORITIZING WASTE PREVENTION. OUR ASPIRATIONAL GOAL IS WE’RE WORKING TOWARDS ZERO WASTE.”

TORONTO’S ORGANIC TREASURE Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Carlyle Khan, Director of Infrastructure Development and Asset Management at the City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division, about an expanding organics processing facility, anaerobic digestion, and closing the loop. The City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) Division is responsible for collecting, transporting, processing, composting, and disposing of all residential and some private solid waste for the most populous city in Canada. SWMS manages a roughly fifty-fifty split between single family homes (461,000) and multi-residential units (416,000), along with 14,500 20 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

small commercial establishments, and other City divisions, agencies, and corporations. In 2015 alone, the City managed approximately 510,000 tonnes of garbage, 216,000 tonnes of recyclables, 136,000 tonnes of organic waste, and 98,000 tonnes of yard waste, for a total of 1 million tonnes of waste a year. The City of Toronto was one of the first municipalities in Canada and North

America to announce its intention to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 80% compared to Toronto's 1990 baselines, and was one of the first (and largest) cities to implement a source separated organics program (Green Bin Program). “We’ve implemented a triple bottom line lens in the way we view the world,” says Carlyle Khan, Director of Infrastructure Development

Sustainable Business Magazine 05/16  

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