Elmvale District High School
The official opening of the new addition to EDHS was a great event. Many people who had worked hard for many years getting the addition approved and then built came together with students and teachers for a wonderful celebration. The food, speeches, memorabilia and time capsule entries were special as well. The school addition looks spectacular and raises the ability of the school to offer so much more in programs and activities. The performance in the evening was very well done and capped off a wonderful event. Congratulations to all those involved.
Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival
Mother Nature surprised us with snow and a cold wind this year on the 54th Festival Day. That did not prevent many from showing up to see all the interesting things at booths in the arena and the vendors on the streets outside. The pancake breakfast was crowded and delicious as always, with great music playing. The student band put up with the cold outside to perform songs. The log-sawing competition was as competitive as ever, with Deputy Mayor Coughlin and Councillor Anita Moore winning the women’s event and Rob Ross and myself being half a second off the men’s winners Scott Jermey and partner Don Reid from Oro-Medonte. The pancake eating contest was as entertaining as always. A big hit again was the maple taffy on a stick in the snow filled ice sculpture, sponsored by the Township of Springwater.
Curbside Waste Audit
The results of the annual curbside waste audit is in for Simcoe County. An average household in Simcoe County generates 533 kg of waste annually. We have the opportunity to divert 82% of this material from landfill through existing curbside programs. However, the audit indicates actual diversion of about 46%.
The audit results also indicate a significant increase in the amount of unacceptable material in the green bin. The majority of the unacceptable items were flexible film plastic in the form of shopping grocery bags and frozen food, milk, and bread bags as well as diapers and sanitary products.
Again, improving green bin performance remains key, as we are still below 50%. The green bin is our greatest opportunity to reduce garbage and potentially increase our diversion rate by over 13%.
With the recent addition of pet waste to the organics program and existing diversion programs for textiles and electronics, approximately 69% of the material in the average garbage bag could be diverted. To put this in perspective, the green bin material alone in our garbage annually equates to nearly 20,000 tonnes that could be diverted – conserving our dwindling landfill capacity.
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