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Federal government to support Peterborough, Ont., climate action project


February 11, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Peterborough, Ont. – The federal Ministry of Environment and Climate Change will fund up to $6 million to support a climate change initiative by the City of Peterborough that is equivalent to removing 25,000 cars from the road for one year.

This funding will support the development of a centralized composting centre that will divert food and waste to a new facility, Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a news release. The ministry estimates this will prevent approximately 32,000 tonnes of organic debris from entering the landfill each year and will support local job creation.

The city has been running a small, successful, pilot Green Bin program for a number of years. This funding will help the program expand across the city.

The funding comes from the Partnerships stream of the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money, and create good jobs.

The project will reduce the need for chemical fertilizer production in agricultural communities and prevent runoff into local streams, lakes, and ground water, the release said.