Find Room for Environmental Responsibility in Your Municipal Budget
Environmental responsibility, often colloquially termed “going green” isn’t a fad; it's a necessary practice that citizens, corporations, and governments are participating in to create better communities for the next generation. These 3 municipalities — the Town of Banff, the City of Toronto, and the City of Kamloops — have adopted simple, key strategies to practice better environmental responsibility. Learn more about each below.
Banff: Fostering Environmental Responsibility With BioDOGradable Plastic Pet Bags
The Town of Banff is the first Canadian municipality to switch from using oxo-biodegradable dog waste bags to bioDOGradable, a plastic alternative that degrades faster and more completely. A 2018 EU study found that the incomplete degradation of oxo-biodegradable bags led to fragmentation into microplastics, a cause for serious environmental concern. BioDOGradable bags, on the other hand, are made with all-natural materials — corn flour and vegetable oils — and do not contain synthetic components. As they are also fully compostable and leave a zero-trace environmental footprint, they are a sound and responsible environmental choice.
Toronto: Mobile Technology for Encouraging Environmental Responsibility
The City of Toronto has launched TOwaste, an app geared towards making it easier for residents to sort and properly dispose of their waste. TOwaste, accessible on mobile devices, provides on-the-go access to collection schedules, drop-off depots and collection centres — as well as to the WasteWizard search tool — so residents always know where to properly place waste materials and where to buy used items. As part of Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, TOwaste is intended to make it easier for residents to participate in and support the city’s reuse and diversion goals.
Kamloops: Zero Waste Green Initiative
The City of Kamloops, in partnership with the Kamloops Blazers junior ice hockey team, has launched a zero-waste initiative at the Sandman Centre, the home of the Blazers. The initiative involves the availability of 2-stream garbage and recycling bins, as well as video and other educational outreach involving the Blazers as education partners on how to properly dispose of waste items. The initiative aims to reduce landfill waste generated at hockey games by 50% through diversion of recyclable items into appropriate collection receptacles. Patrons will be assisted by members of the Green Team, a group of volunteers who assist game attendees in choosing the right bins to avoid contaminating recyclables with food and liquid.
Environmental stewardship is now a necessity. Each municipality must therefore assess the need for a program like those highlighted above, or something completely different. To find out what green initiatives will have greatest support in your community, use a reliable citizen satisfaction survey and tax sensitivity survey. MDB Insight’s Citizen Satisfaction IQTM will target a representative sample of your population to find out which green initiative they would likely support. Used in conjunction with a tax survey, like our Tax Sensitivity CalculatorTM, you will also know what your community is willing to pay for — and what you will need to budget to make your municipality’s own green initiative a reality and a success.
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