Everyone creates waste, but how do you make waste management services accessible to all?

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, “one in seven people in Ontario has a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages.”

While every person generates waste that needs to be recycled, composted or safely disposed of, consideration needs to be given to the thousands of people who live with a disability and that may face barriers when it comes to managing their household waste.

To make waste management services more accessible to residents, Halton Region provides its popular Blue Box and GreenCart acceptable materials flyers in Braille.  You can order these Braille flyers, or you can request to have other waste management flyers made available in other formats, by sending us an email.

Of course, you can always call Halton Region through TTY (Text Telephone).  Our TTY number is 905-827-9833.

Halton Region also offers educational workshops to community organizations, providing information about acceptable materials and offering hints to make household waste management more convenient.

Once your recycling and organics have been collected from the curb, the collector will often stack your Blue Boxes, and place the GreenCart inside the Blue Box. Some residents with agility or mobility issues can find it challenging to separate the stacked Blue Boxes.  As a result, Halton Region has developed a “Do Not Stack” sticker to place on their Blue Boxes.  Again, send us an email or dial 311 to request one of these stickers.

Residents with mobility issues can also purchase a wheel kit to add wheels and a pull-rope to their curbside Blue Box.  Here’s one example, and here’s another.

Halton Region has an Accessibility Plan which sets out a number of improvements aimed at making the Region’s programs and services more accessible to people with disabilities.

There are many ways to make waste management services more accessible.  What ways do you make recycling, composting, or garbage disposal easier in your home?

About John Watson

I'm the Director of Customer Success for ReCollect Systems. We're a technology company that specializes in waste management apps that delight residents. Previously, I was the Waste Diversion Educator Coordinator for Halton Region, where I implemented award winning communications and outreach programs.
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3 Responses to Everyone creates waste, but how do you make waste management services accessible to all?

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  2. Eithan says:

    Its really great because Halton Region also offers educational workshops to community organizations, providing information about acceptable materials and offering hits to make household waste management more convenient. To make waste management services more accessible to residents, Halton Region provides its popular Blue Box and GreenCart acceptable materials flyers in Braille. You can order these Braille flyers, or you can request to have other waste management flyers made available in other formats, by sending an email. I think we should also support to PALS because PALS are working for Waste management recycling.

  3. Greetings, that’s an excellent read. It always great when someone can take some time to inform, as you have.

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