Hamilton has many staples to its landscape. From the tall, factory smoke stacks that helped shape our economy, to the clear and beautiful waterfront that is ever evolving.
But, what about the quaint neighbourhoods of Hamilton? How do they stand out from the rest? Is it the luscious green grass? The friendly faces behind each door? Or maybe it’s the clean streets and sidewalks?
One thing is always recognizable in a Hamilton neighbourhood – the waste program. Whether your driveway is guarded by a coveted Gold Box or an environmentally friendly Green Bin, each is a reminder of home.
Hamilton’s recycling program is also a reminder of how far we have come since the emplacement of The Solid Waste Management Master Plan. This plan has a goal to reach a diversion rate of 65% in the next few years and with the way Hamiltonians are participating in the waste program right now, it seems as if the goal will be reached in due time.
Hamilton has also implanted many efforts in order to encourage and help teach about recycling, compost, and garbage disposal. The Put Waste in the Right Place program aims to get residents to not only use their green bins and blue boxes at home, but also when outdoors. With more than 430 parks in Hamilton, it’s important that we respect the natural environments we have been given. Put Waste in the Right Place bins can also be found inside some of the 77 city buildings across Hamilton.
Volunteers play a large role in the success of these programs and keeping our green spaces looking beautiful. In 2010 alone, more than 18,000 people volunteered 39,000 hours of their time to keep our city clean and green.
We can be proud of the city we live in because of these efforts. If you want to be a part of helping keep our city clean and green, send an email to email@example.com.
-written by guest blogger Kelsey Dunlop
City of Hamilton
Public Works Department