Model waste diversion program creation kit for rural municipalities


Model waste diversion program creation kit for rural municipalities


Proctor, Cameron

Host Organization

Algonquin Highlands Waste Management Committee
Host contacts: Bain, Gerald; Hopkings, Virginia

Supervising Faculty

Jackson, John
Department: Environmental and Resource Science/Studies

Reference Number




Location of Document

U-Links Office and online


Algonquin Highlands


Rural recycling programs


This paper takes a look at the elements of rural recycling programs with a view to providing positive alternatives to wasteful practices.


This publication is designed to be used primarily as a tool to inform small townships about some of the issues surrounding waste management. In this approach a partial list of waste management practices is reviewed and evaluated. Instead of applying large general solutions to the waste problem, Algonquin Highlands can strive to determine the unique needs of the community and apply waste reduction strategies to meet those needs. A community based social marketing strategy is proposed to determine what the community desires in waste management and apply a strategy that meets those needs. By accessing the community through surveys, public meetings or case studies, or any method that yields feedback from the community, a waste strategy can be formulated. The benefits of this method are because the community desires it, they will be open to participating and mitigating the need for enforcement and advertising costs. Additionally, the most successful practices to reduce municipal waste and to promote recycling is adopting Mandatory Recycling Bylaws and adopting a mandatory clear garbage bag policy, which are both recommended for Algonquin Highlands.





Proctor, Cameron, Model waste diversion program creation kit for rural municipalities, U-Links, 2003