City seeks community feedback on waste management programs and services

Public consultation gets underway with open house and surveys

Guelph, On, September 3, 2013 – The City of Guelph is seeking feedback and insight from the community as part of its Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) Review.

Beginning this week, a telephone survey, administered by Metroline Research Group Inc., will gather responses on waste management practices and trends from a statistically significant sample of 400 randomly selected Guelph households. The telephone survey will be completed weekday evenings and Saturdays and will take approximately 10 minutes.

All residents will have the opportunity to complete the same survey online. The web survey will be available at guelph.ca/waste from September 12 until October 31.

Residents are also invited to share their thoughts and feedback at the first SWMMP open house on September 12. The open house will provide the community with a look at Guelph’s current waste system and what’s been happening since the implementation of the 2008 SWMMP, as well as an overview of the SWMMP Review and a chance to talk to City staff, the consultant team, and members of the public steering committee about waste management.

What
Solid Waste Management Master Plan Review Open House

Who
City staff and consultant team from GENIVAR
SWMMP Review Steering Committee members
Residents and community stakeholders

Where
Cutten Fields
190 College Avenue East

When
Thursday, September 12
5 to 8 p.m.

Community feedback from the surveys and the open house will be used to inform the City’s new SWMMP. The new Master Plan will guide the strategic direction of Guelph’s waste management over the next 20 years and will provide recommendations that build on Guelph’s leadership in waste minimization and diversion for a sustainable, service focused and economically viable future.

The SWMMP Review community consultation efforts support the City’s open government principles and the Corporate Strategic Plan’s strategic direction to strengthen citizen and stakeholder engagement and communication.

For more information about the SWMMP Review visit guelph.ca/plans-and-strategies/solid-waste-management-master-plan/.

For more information

Heather Connell
Manager, Integrated Services
Solid Waste Resources
Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment
519-822-1260 extension 2082
heather.connell@guelph.ca