Presentation on theme: "Encore Condos at The Met"— Presentation transcript:
1 Encore Condos at The Met TSCC 197925 Carlton Street
2 About EncoreEncore is a 33-story building, consisting of 334 residential suites including 6 town houses and 3 retail unitsHome to approximately 600 residentsEncore residents are primarily first-home buyers, ranging in age from 25 – 45, students and young professionalsApproximately 50% of the building is leased and only ½ of the owners reside in their suitesBuilding registered in late November 2008Encore is a new Condominium in the heart of downtown Toronto, located near the corner of Yonge Street and Carlton Street, diagonally opposite from Maple Leaf Gardens. Encore is the 2nd phase of a project know as The Met. Encore condos at The Met is also known as TSCC 1979.Encore is a 33 Story building, consisting of 334 residential suites including 6 town houses and 3 retail units. It is home to approximately 600 residents. The demographics of the residents are first-home buyers, ranging in age from 25 – 45, students whose parents have purchased units for their children who attend nearby Ryerson University, George Brown College, or University of Toronto medical students. Approximately 50% of the building is leased out so only ½ of the owners actually live in their suites.
3 About Encore Residents A lot of younger residentsHigh consumption of take-out or delivery food by many residentsA lot of waste and packagingOn any given night, between food deliveriesMany small suites with tiny kitchenettes do not encourage cookingAs a large population of Encore residents are younger, there is a tendency for them not to cook but rather order delivery such as pizza or take out food from the numerous restaurants in the area. A brief review of the cameras in the lobby of Encore, show that on any given night, between delivery drivers can be seen delivering food.
4 The Waste Removal System Each floor’s disposal room contains a garbage chute3 Tri-Sorter buttons at each chute openingTrash, Recycle and OrganicUnder-sink Organic Containers in each suiteCity of Toronto Blue Bag in each suiteUnder-sink Blue Bin in each disposal room for collection of LCBO bottlesLarge clothing bin located in Loading BayAdditional recycling located in Loading BayAs Encore is a new condominium that registered at the end of November 2008, the latest in waste- sorting and removal products were installed. Each floor has a garbage chute with three buttons that leads to a tri-sorter that handles garbage, recycling and organic green waste. In addition to the chute on each floor, blue city of Toronto under the sink-style bins have been placed in each disposal room for LCBO bottle collection. Due to the size of the complex, a clothing recycle bin has also been installed in the loading bay and to date, over 4 tonnes of clothing has been collected and donated to charity. During the annual in-suite fire inspection, city of Toronto organic containers were distributed to every suite and instructions on how to use organic disposal were included inside the containers.
5 In Suite Waste Separation Kitchen SinkRecycle & Organic BinsInexpensive Bag Hangar for reduced WasteWaste is separated in each suite for easy disposal down the chute
6 Select Organics Button Organics CompartmentSelect Organics ButtonNo diverter movementOrganic Button lights All Floors- Door Unlocks quicklyOrganic access only All floors- Waste/Recycle buttons lock-outWhen Last Door ClosesSystem ready for use-NO Flashing Light delay
8 Recyclables Selection RECYCLE BUTTON FLASHES WHEN PRESSEDSELECT RECYCLE BUTTONRecycle Button lights All floors- Diverter moves (few seconds!)- Door Unlocks – use thumb latchRecycling access only All floorsOrganics/Waste buttons lock-outWhen Last Door ClosesReady for next selectionFLASHING LIGHTDOORS LOCKED OUT
10 FLASHING LIGHT GOES OUT Waste CompactorFLASHING LIGHT GOES OUTSELECT WASTE BUTTONWaste Button lights All floors- Diverter plate moves- Door Unlocks – use thumb latchWaste access only - All floorsOrganics/Recycle buttons lock-outWhen Last Door ClosesReady for next selectionFLASHING LIGHT =DOORS LOCKED OUT
12 Issues with Waste Minimization New BuildingMany other building concerns are given preferencePerformance AuditDeficiency recoveryNegotiations with BuilderWaste Removal Costs were not a high priority during 1st year budgetAs the building is relatively new, there are a lot of issues that are currently being dealt with such as budgets, the performance audit and ongoing negotiations with the builder. That being said, the focus on waste minimization strategies has certainly not been given the attention that is needed. Each disposal room is fitted with both an instruction sheet, informing residents on how to use the chute and the 3 tri sorter buttons. There is also a City of Toronto recycling guide in each room. The garbage chute is programmed to operate from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Oversize garbage, cardboard, pizza boxes etc. can be taken down to a separate recycle room, located in the loading bay of the building.
13 Waste by the NumbersPrior to Registration, private waste removal in placeUp to 65 Garbage Bins collected each monthCost of almost $3000 per monthMonthly contract in place for a set amount of binsAn extra fee ($36) applied to each additional binMinimal Recycling in place– not a high priorityBefore registration, the building had a 95% occupancy rate and recycling and organic had not yet been set up. Moreover, City of Toronto garbage pick-up was as yet unavailable, so 100% of pick up was private and charged for.The cost for additional waste to be collected through extra lift charges was approximately $ per month on top of the monthly waste removal fee. Prior to registration and the implementation of recycling, up to 65 bins were picked up per month. This number was higher than normal due to not all of the bins being compactable.
14 After Registration Switch to City of Toronto waste removal services Implementation of Recycling, and then later, Organic waste collectionSubstantial reduction in the number of garbage bins picked up – from 65 to 15Significant increase in the amount of Recycled and Organic waste collected free of chargeSince registration and the implementation of organic and recycling collection, the number of garbage bins collected each month has fallen drastically to between 10 – 15 bins per month and recycling is roughly bins per month. Organic waste is made up of twin bins that connect together and average 8-10 twin bins equaling 4-5 pick ups per month.Since the implementation of recycling and organic waste into “the system” waste removal costs have gone from almost $ per month using private pick up to less than $ per month using the City of Toronto.
15 Getting the System On-line Garbage Chute manufacturer contacted to reprogram tri-sorter to provide recyclingPurchase of Organic “Twin Bins”Contact made with the City of Toronto to add Encore to their organic and recycle collectionConversion of several compactable bins to non-compactable recycle bins – no fee charged for non-compactable bin
17 Implementation of “The System” Organic under-the-sink bins distributed to all units during in-suite fire inspectionSigns posted in each Disposal RoomNotices posted on Recycle Room DoorInformation brochures posted in Mail Room and Elevator Notice BoardsCity of Toronto Blue Bags distributed to all suites
18 Why Encore? Brand New Building with all the tools to succeed Currently still incurring large waste removal feesMore focus to be given towards waste minimization strategiesAttitudes and lifestyle habits likely need to changeWaste collection needs to be reduced a further 50% to avoid the city’s garbage levy and to achieve the 70% waste diversion goalYou are probably wondering why a building that is brand new and has all the tools to minimize waste is participating in this panel discussion. The truth of the matter is that although the tools are there, the residents of Encore still have a long way to go in reducing garbage and minimizing their waste disposal and increasing the amount of recycling and organic. For many, this will involve changing lifestyle habits. To reduce the $ per month cost of removing waste, approximately ½ of all garbage bins currently being collected need to be diverted to recycling or organic pick up.