Waste Watch Ottawa
The waste that we all individually and collectively produce has serious environmental, climate change, social and economic implications for the planet and our local community. Reducing and managing waste is part of an environmental and sustainability agenda for Ottawa that includes energy efficiency, greening transportation, growing our tree canopy, stopping urban sprawl, protecting greenspace, and agricultural and ecologically sensitive lands.
The City of Ottawa has declared a climate emergency. Reducing waste, diverting it from disposal, and managing residual waste are essential components of a sustainable environment. A sustainable waste management system which minimizes greenhouse gases, reduces disposal to the absolute minimum, that is accessible, and which supports a circular economy is possible. We all have a role to play.
Waste Watch Ottawa (WWO) is committed to improving The City of Ottawa’s residential waste management practices and contributing to a greening of the city by supporting the development of new and improved waste diversion programs and initiatives designed to minimize the amount of waste being disposed of and avoiding the greenhouse gas impacts associated with waste generation and waste disposal.
Waste from the industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sectors is not a municipal responsibility in Ontario nor in other provinces. While some ICI waste is managed in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, most of the tonnage, up to an estimated 400,000 tonnes per year, is shipped by waste contractors to New York State for landfill disposal in privately owned landfill sites.