It’s not looking good for the Yukon meeting its goal of 50 per cent waste diversion by 2015.
Half a year ago only 20 per cent of Whitehorse waste was being recycled or composted, according to the city.
“Is the government standing by its commitment to meet the targeted goal of 50 per cent waste diversion by 2015?” asked NDP MLA Kevin Barr in the legislature Tuesday.
Community Services Minister Brad Cathers did not say if the government still believes that is a realistic goal.
He did list, at length, the government’s various projects aimed at improved solid waste management in the Yukon.
The goal is achievable, said Barr, as evidenced by the progress in his own riding.
“My constituents in the hamlet of Mount Lorne have been leaders when it comes to waste diversion. The Mount Lorne transfer station has already met the 50 per cent waste diversion goal and is ready to do more. They believe that with the government funding for education and waste monitoring, they will be able to achieve a diversion rate of 75 per cent by this time next year.”
Cathers said the government will continue to work with Mount Lorne and other communities on recycling and composting projects.