Item - 2015.PW7.3

Tracking Status

PW7.3 - Solid Waste Management Services Long Term Waste Management Strategy: Vision, Guiding Principles, Evaluation Criteria and Options

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council approve the Vision Statement as set out in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services as follows:

 

"Waste Strategy Vision Statement:

 

Together we will reduce the amount of waste we generate, reuse what we can, and recycle and recover the remaining resources to reinvest back into the economy.  We will embrace a waste management system that is user-friendly, with programs and facilities that balance the needs of the community and the environment with long term financial sustainability.  Together, we will ensure a safe, clean, beautiful and healthy City for the future."

 

2. City Council approve the Guiding Principles as set out in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services as follows:

 

"Waste Strategy Guiding Principles:

 

1. Work to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts - To reduce our impact on climate change we will find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with our waste management system.

 

2. Treat Waste as a Resource- Waste is an asset that needs to be conserved. We should make best use of our waste by recovering materials and energy remaining after reducing, reusing, and recycling.

 

3. Prioritize our Community’s Health and Environment- The health of our residents and the environment is a priority in decision making to minimize negative impacts and to maximize the benefits.

 

4. Embrace Social Equity- Create an easy-to-use system that all residents and the community can understand and participate in.

 

5. Lead the Change- Strong leadership is taking ownership, leading by action and being responsible for the waste we produce.

 

6. Ensure Financial Sustainability- Financially sustainable solutions that are easy and affordable to maintain by future generations and also help to stimulate economic growth within our community.

 

7. Make the Future System Transparent- Future decisions on the implementation of the Strategy will be open, accessible and based on best practices and facts to find solutions that benefit all.

 

8. Support Development of Community Partnerships- Working together with local community groups and organizations will help us reach our goals and reduce waste more effectively and efficiently."

 

3. City Council approve the evaluation criteria in the following  Table 3: Recommended Final Evaluation Criteria, as set out in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, as amended, to be used to evaluate the options (Appendix 1) in order to begin development of a draft Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

 

Category

Criteria

Indicators

Environmental Impact/Benefit

Local Environmental Impact/Benefit

  • Potential Impacts/Benefits to Land Resources
  • Potential Impacts to Local Airshed
  • Potential Impacts to Local Water Sources
  • Potential Water Consumption Requirements
  • Total Land Required and Land Use Displacement

 

Regional/Global Environmental Impact/Benefit

  • Energy and Fossil Fuel Generation / Consumption
  • Greenhouse Gas Contributions

 

Public Health Impact/Benefit

  • Potential to impact human health
  • Potential to impact Ecological health

 

Potential to Increase Diversion

  • Ability to recover additional reusable and/or recyclable materials

 

Waste Hierarchy

  • Consistency with the priorities of the Waste Hierarchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Impact/Benefit

Approvals Complexity

  • Complexity associated with approvals and permitting requirements

Potential for Land Use Conflicts/Community Interruption

  • Potential for Traffic increase/Reduction
  • Potential for Litter increase/Reduction
  • Potential Odour Emissions
  • Potential Noise Emissions
  • Potential for Increased Vector/Vermin

Collaboration

  • Ability to partner with other municipalities/ organizations

Complexity

  • Program complexity to user

Convenience

  • Ease of participation

Community Safety

  • Potential for impacts to Community Safety

Equity

  • Potential for unequal impacts/benefits to specific groups

Behaviour Change

  • Potential to influence or encourage behaviour resulting in sustainable waste reduction choices (e.g. buying behaviour, consistent and dedicated participation in diversion programs, etc.)

Financial Impact/Benefit

Cost

  • Estimated Net Capital Cost
  • Estimated Net Operating Cost
  • Estimated Health Care Cost

 

Risk

  • Potential for Contractual Risk
  • Schedule Risk
  • Innovation Risk

 

Economic Growth

  • Potential for Local Economic Growth
  • Potential for Regional/Global Economic Growth
  • Employment Opportunities

 

Flexibility

  • Ability to accommodate future changes (e.g. regulation, waste composition, etc.)

 

 

4. City Council authorize the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services to amend the Long Term Waste Management Strategy Consultant Agreement between the City of Toronto and HDR Corporation (RFP 9119-13-3146) to extend the term of the agreement until December 31, 2016.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services to include the following in Appendix 1 - Final List of Options in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services:

 

Under Overall System Consideration, enhanced by-law enforcement strategies and a review of best practices in order to improve waste diversion requirements in existing residential and commercial buildings. This option would also consider the additional promotion and education strategy that would be required in order to effectively implement any new and enhanced bylaws.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 8, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services on the Solid Waste Management Services Long Term Waste Management Strategy: Vision, Guiding Principles, Evaluation Criteria and Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83452.pdf
Appendix 1 - Final List of Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83453.pdf
Appendix 2 - Waste Strategy Deliverables Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83454.pdf
Appendix 3 - Public Consultation and Engagement Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83455.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(September 21, 2015) E-mail from Donna-Marie Batty for Stop Plastics (PW.New.PW7.3.1)
(September 22, 2015) Submission from Louise Weniger (PW.New.PW7.3.2)
(September 22, 2015) Submission from Donovan Ruddick (PW.New.PW7.3.3)

Communications (City Council)

(September 23, 2015) E-mail from Donna-Marie Batty for Stop Plastics (CC.Main.PW7.3.4)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That City Council amend Table 3: Recommended Final Evaluation Criteria by:

 

1.  adding the following indicators to the Financial Impact/Benefit category:

 

a.  "Employment Opportunities" to the Economic Growth criteria section; and

 

b.  "Estimated Health Care Cost" to the Cost criteria section. 

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-02-2015 4:36 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PW7.3 - Layton - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 11 Members that voted No are John Campbell, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Christin Carmichael Greb, Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Motion to End Debate moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Lost)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council end the debate on Item PW7.3 and take the vote immediately.

Vote (End Debate) Oct-02-2015 4:34 PM

Result: Lost Two-Thirds Required - PW7.8 Karygiannis - End debate
Total members that voted Yes: 13 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 22 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Christin Carmichael Greb, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, David Shiner

PW7.3 - Solid Waste Management Services Long Term Waste Management Strategy: Vision, Guiding Principles, Evaluation Criteria and Options

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council approve the Vision Statement as set out in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services as follows:

 

"Waste Strategy Vision Statement:

 

Together we will reduce the amount of waste we generate, reuse what we can, and recycle and recover the remaining resources to reinvest back into the economy.  We will embrace a waste management system that is user-friendly, with programs and facilities that balance the needs of the community and the environment with long term financial sustainability.  Together, we will ensure a safe, clean, beautiful and healthy City for the future."

 

2. City Council approve the Guiding Principles as set out in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services as follows:

 

"Waste Strategy Guiding Principles:

 

1. Work to Mitigate Climate Change Impacts - To reduce our impact on climate change we will find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with our waste management system.

 

2. Treat Waste as a Resource- Waste is an asset that needs to be conserved. We should make best use of our waste by recovering materials and energy remaining after reducing, reusing, and recycling.

 

3. Prioritize our Community’s Health and Environment- The health of our residents and the environment is a priority in decision making to minimize negative impacts and to maximize the benefits.

 

4. Embrace Social Equity- Create an easy-to-use system that all residents and the community can understand and participate in.

 

5. Lead the Change- Strong leadership is taking ownership, leading by action and being responsible for the waste we produce.

 

6. Ensure Financial Sustainability- Financially sustainable solutions that are easy and affordable to maintain by future generations and also help to stimulate economic growth within our community.

 

7. Make the Future System Transparent- Future decisions on the implementation of the Strategy will be open, accessible and based on best practices and facts to find solutions that benefit all.

 

8. Support Development of Community Partnerships- Working together with local community groups and organizations will help us reach our goals and reduce waste more effectively and efficiently."

 

3. City Council approve the evaluation criteria in the following Table 3: Recommended Final Evaluation Criteria, as set out in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services, to be used to evaluate the options (Appendix 1) in order to begin development of a draft Long Term Waste Management Strategy, subject to the addition of the following evaluation criteria:

 

Under the Social Impact/Benefit Category, the criteria of Behaviour Change with the Indicator – Potential to influence or encourage behaviour resulting in sustainable waste reduction choices (e.g. buying behaviour, consistent and dedicated participation in diversion programs, etc.).

 

 

Category

Criteria

Indicators

Environmental Impact/Benefit

Local Environmental Impact/Benefit

  • Potential Impacts/Benefits to Land Resources
  • Potential Impacts to Local Airshed
  • Potential Impacts to Local Water Sources
  • Potential Water Consumption Requirements
  • Total Land Required and Land Use Displacement

 

Regional/Global Environmental Impact/Benefit

  • Energy and Fossil Fuel Generation / Consumption
  • Greenhouse Gas Contributions

 

Public Health Impact/Benefit

  • Potential to impact human health
  • Potential to impact Ecological health

 

Potential to Increase Diversion

  • Ability to recover additional reusable and/or recyclable materials

 

Waste Hierarchy

  • Consistency with the priorities of the Waste Hierarchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Impact/Benefit

Approvals Complexity

  • Complexity associated with approvals and permitting requirements

Potential for Land Use Conflicts/Community Interruption

  • Potential for Traffic increase/Reduction
  • Potential for Litter increase/Reduction
  • Potential Odour Emissions
  • Potential Noise Emissions
  • Potential for Increased Vector/Vermin

Collaboration

  • Ability to partner with other municipalities/ organizations

Complexity

  • Program complexity to user

Convenience

  • Ease of participation

Community Safety

  • Potential for impacts to Community Safety

Equity

  • Potential for unequal impacts/benefits to specific groups

Financial Impact/Benefit

Cost

  • Estimated Net Capital Cost
  • Estimated Net Operating Cost

 

Risk

  • Potential for Contractual Risk
  • Schedule Risk
  • Innovation Risk

 

Economic Growth

  • Potential for Local Economic Growth
  • Potential for Regional/Global Economic Growth

 

Flexibility

  • Ability to accommodate future changes (e.g. regulation, waste composition, etc.)

 

 

4. City Council authorize the General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services to amend the Long Term Waste Management Strategy Consultant Agreement between the City of Toronto and HDR Corporation (RFP 9119-13-3146) to extend the term of the agreement until December 31, 2016.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services to include the following in Appendix 1 – Final List of Options in the report (September 8, 2015) from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services:

 

Under Overall System Consideration, enhanced by-law enforcement strategies and a review of best practices in order to improve waste diversion requirements in existing residential and commercial buildings. This option would also consider the additional promotion and education strategy that would be required in order to effectively implement any new and enhanced bylaws.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Public Works and Infrastructure Committee:

 

a. Requested the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, as part of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy, on a mandatory recycling policy for construction and demolition waste and on the use of a construction and demolition recycling facility.

 

b. Directed that the deputation of Donovan Ruddock be referred to the City of Toronto's Office of Partnerships.

 

The General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services gave a presentation.

Origin

(September 8, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services

Summary

The purpose of this staff report is to request Committee and City Council approval of a Vision Statement, Guiding Principles and Evaluation Criteria to be used to review options for the Long Term Waste Management Strategy (Waste Strategy).  This is an important milestone in the project and once approved, these elements will be used to develop the draft Waste Strategy. The draft Waste Strategy will include the recommended set of options to reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and dispose of the City’s waste over the next 30-50 years. 

 

Draft vision themes, Guiding Principle, Evaluation Criteria and list of approximately 60 options were provided for information to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in May 2015.  Updates to these elements have been made following an extensive consultation and engagement process that was undertaken with the public, key stakeholders and members of City Council.  Revisions have been made based on the feedback received, resulting in:

 

- Recommended Vision Statement and Guiding Principles
- Recommended evaluation criteria
- Longer list of options to be considered in the evaluation process (Appendix 1)
 
This report also recommends the extension of the contract with the project consultant to reflect the revised project timelines and also presents an update on the work completed since May 2015.

 

Following City Council’s review and approval of this report, technical work will begin on evaluating the list of options.  A draft Waste Strategy will be presented to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in January 2016, prior to presenting it to the public and stakeholders for review and comment.  The final draft of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy will be presented to Committee and City Council in Spring 2016.

Background Information

(September 8, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services on the Solid Waste Management Services Long Term Waste Management Strategy: Vision, Guiding Principles, Evaluation Criteria and Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83452.pdf
Appendix 1 - Final List of Options
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83453.pdf
Appendix 2 - Waste Strategy Deliverables Update
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83454.pdf
Appendix 3 - Public Consultation and Engagement Feedback
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pw/bgrd/backgroundfile-83455.pdf

Communications

(September 21, 2015) E-mail from Donna-Marie Batty for Stop Plastics (PW.New.PW7.3.1)
(September 22, 2015) Submission from Louise Weniger (PW.New.PW7.3.2)
(September 22, 2015) Submission from Donovan Ruddick (PW.New.PW7.3.3)

Speakers

Rod Muir, Chair, Waste Diversion and Sustainability, Sierras Club Canada Foundation
Emily Alfred, Senior Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Donovan Ruddock
Karen Buck
Princely Soundranayagam, MTCC 996
Dave Mugford, MTCC 996
Tim Lambrinos
Paul Magder, Repair Cafe Toronto
Louise Weniger, Repair Cafe Toronto
Councillor Mike Layton

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That:

 

1. Recommendation 3 in the staff report be amended by adding the following evaluation criteria:

 

- under the Social Impact/Benefit Category, the Criteria of Behaviour Change with the Indicator – Potential to influence or encourage behaviour resulting in sustainable waste reduction choices (e.g. buying behaviour, consistent and dedicated participation in diversion programs etc).

 

 

2. the following be included in Appendix 1 of the staff report:

 

- under Overall System Consideration, enhanced by-law enforcement strategies and a review of best practices in order to improve waste diversion requirements in existing residential and commercial buildings. This option would also consider the additional promotion and education strategy that would be required in order to effectively implement any new and enhanced bylaws.

 

 


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services be requested to report back to the Committee as part of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy on a mandatory recycling policy for construction and demolition waste and on the use of a construction and demolition recycling facility.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)

That:

 

1. That the deputation of Donovan Ruddock be directed to the City of Toronto's Office of Partnerships.


4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)
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