Peterborough, Ontario, to expand green bin program

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario – The federal government is making up to $6 million available to the City of Peterborough to develop a centralized composting centre that will divert food and waste to a new, modern facility.

It is projected that it will prevent approximately 32,000 tonnes of organic debris from entering the landfill each year and will support local job creation. This funding will also support the expansion of the city’s pilot Green Bin program.

The funding comes from the Partnerships stream of the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution.

This project will reduce the need for chemical fertilizer production in agricultural communities and prevent runoff into local streams, lakes, and groundwater.

“We are excited about a city-wide organic waste collection and composting program,” said Peterborough mayor Diane Therrien. “It will reduce both greenhouse gas emissions as well as our reliance on landfill. In addition, it will create composted material that will benefit our environment. It’s a service that our residents have long been asking for.”