When it comes to waste diversion, this condo building is setting the green standard

By Laurie Fagan, CBC News Ottawa, June 25, 2019

Of Ottawa's 1,700 or so multi-residential buildings, only about 500 currently have organics recycling programs, according to the city. The overall waste diversion rate among condo and apartment buildings hovers at a dismal 17 per cent.

On Tuesday, the city's environment committee is expected to endorse a series of recommendations aimed at reversing that trend, including asking the province for money to help landlords absorb the cost of setting up waste diversion programs.

Some buildings are already leading by example.

The Hom, a 12-storey, 115-unit condo building on Champagne Avenue S., was built in 2013. Unlike buildings of a similar size, it has no garbage chute. Instead, half a dozen wheeled green bins share a ground-floor room with larger recycling bins and garbage dumpsters.


Connect with us