Toronto bottle ban moves ahead

On June 15, the City of Toronto’s Works and Utility’s Committee approved a bylaw that would ban wine and spirit bottles from the city’s curbside Blue Box recycling program effective January 1, 1999 (a communications plan will be put in effect September 1, 1998), despite advice that the move would violate provincial regulations. The action is intended to increase pressure on the Ontario government to start a deposit-return system for such glass containers. Senior works staff recently disclosed that half of the glass collected for recycling is deposited in the nearby Keele Valley landfill, whose lifespan may be extended to mid-2004. More than 300 separate municipal councils in the province (representing 83 per cent of Ontario’s population) have called for a deposit-return system for glass wine and spirit containers.

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