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Solid Waste Management Strategy: Video-streamed Townhall Meeting uses Twitter for Citizen Input


June 3, 2013 – The public townhall meeting being held Tuesday tonight at 6:30 pm for the City’s Solid Waste Management Strategy will be video-streamed online at www.thunderbay.ca/wastestrategy and will also use Twitter to accept residents’ questions and feedback during the event’s Question & Answer period.

The meeting, being held at the Italian Cultural Centre, is the first public consultation opportunity during a comprehensive review of how the City of Thunder Bay handles its garbage and recycling. The City is working on the development of a Solid Waste Management Strategy to provide direction for optimizing current and future residential and Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (IC&I) sector solid waste programs to best meet the financial, environmental and sustainability needs of Thunder Bay over the next 20 years. An important component of the development of the plan is to gather feedback from residents and stakeholders through a balanced public consultation process.

Twitter users are encouraged to follow the meeting online and submit their questions to be answered during the forum by going to @CityThunderBay, #TBayWasteStrategy

Residents are also being asked to complete two surveys with their opinions on waste collection and recycling in Thunder Bay and future options. The surveys, as well as the link to the video-streamed townhall meeting, are available online at www.thunderbay.ca/wastestrategy. Residents can also provide their feedback, join discussions and stay up-to-date on the Strategy by liking the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThunderBaySolidWasteManagementStrategy

Solid waste management options and a recommendation will be presented to the community for further input this fall, and a draft Strategy will then be brought to City Council in October/November.

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Contact: Valerie Marasco, Communications Specialist, 625-2438, cell 621-4151 or vmarasco@thunderbay.ca