Peterborough’s Waste Diversion Program Wins Gold

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Garbage and Recycling in Del Crary Park

Peterborough, ON - The City of Peterborough has won gold at the recent 2022 Municipal Waste Association Conference. 

The City, through its Waste Diversion program, was presented the Gold Promotion and Education Award for its posters on public space receptacles that provide helpful advice on recyclables. Bright, eye-catching posters designed to be easy to read for residents, were placed on 56 garbage and recycling bins located along trails and parks throughout the City. The goal was to make it easier for residents and visitors to put materials into the proper bin, thereby reducing contamination in the bins and maximizing the value of the recyclables that the City’s contractor sells to buyers for reuse.

The annual Promotion and Education Awards program is a way to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of municipalities across Ontario to reduce waste and improve recycling. The award category was open to all Ontario municipalities and the City of Peterborough’s campaign was deemed the best in Ontario.

Since the late 1980s, the City has been a leader in waste diversion efforts and has achieved a diversion rate at or above 50 per cent since the early 2000s. With the “Bag your Bags” program, Peterborough was the first city in Canada to start recycling plastic bags in 1993, for example.

As part of its update the Waste Management Master Plan, the City is currently collecting public input regarding proposed initiatives that include requiring clear bags for garbage collection and changing the frequency of waste collection to improve efficiency. Residents are asked to share their input by completing the survey online at or by calling 705-742-7777 ext.1724.