BEACONSFIELD, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - The City of Beaconsfield has received a $113,850 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to test a program that will allow residents to have some control over their waste management services and costs.

The pilot project, which will include 300 residents in selected neighbourhoods, will provide tools for residents to reduce and measure how much waste they set out at the curb. Participants will be allowed to tailor their waste collection system to match their need.

In the first 6 months of the 12-month project, participants will be able to measure the volume of waste they set out at the curb each week by referring to markings that will be placed on their bins. After 6 months, they will be able to choose the size of bin that they need for the waste they produce.

To assist them in reducing their waste, participants will receive a free backyard composter, information on what can be placed in it, and support on how to use it. The City will be training Master Composters to provide one-on-one support to residents who wish to compost. As well, participants will be encouraged to buy less packaging and recycle in order to reduce their waste further.

Mayor David Pollock states that the project is one more of many steps the City is taking to becoming more sustainable by encouraging less waste, greater participation in composting and reducing our environmental impact by transporting less waste to dump sites.

After the 12 month project is completed, the results will be evaluated and the project assessed to determine its feasibility for City-wide implementation. If implemented, the City will explore a possible system where the charge for collection and disposal service could be based on volume; and people who produce less waste could pay less for their collection and disposal service.

Contact Information:

Mayor's Office
514 428-4410