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Ottawa green bin use rises slightly

Year-end solid waste collection figures are cause for optimism, but it's too soon to draw any concrete conclusions about the switch to bi-weekly garbage collection, says the chair of Ottawa's environment committee, Maria McRae.

The total amount of waste passing through the gates at the Trail Road landfill decreased 2.8 per cent to 193,170 tonnes in 2012 over 2011, according to numbers released by the city Thursday,.

Total household organics collected inched up to 55,420 tonnes in 2012, an increase of 360 tonnes from 2011.

Looking at the two months since the municipality moved to bi-weekly garbage pickup, the numbers increase more sharply. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 2012, the total amount of organics collected rose 17 per cent over the same period a year before. The total amount of waste taken to the landfill decreased by 19 per cent.

"It's far too early for us to draw conclusions about the long-term impact that the bi-weekly collection has had in our city," McRae told reporters Thursday.

"I believe we need to wait a full year to assess the true impact of biweekly waste collection, so we actually have a clear and clean snapshot of how 2012 and 2013 compare."

While the amount of organics collected by the city remains below the levels envisioned by the city's contract with Orgaworld, McRae said the diverted waste is extending the Trail Road landfill's life.

The city is also developing mobile apps for Android and iPhones that provide solid waste collection information directly to residents.

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