Mayor John Tory recognized the participants and winners of the Mayor’s Towering Challenge at a reception held at Toronto City Hall this evening.
The Mayor’s Towering Challenge, a competition among apartment, condominium and co-operative multi-residential buildings in Toronto, was launched last year to encourage property managers, superintendents, boards, owners and residents to improve their properties’ waste diversion and send less waste to landfill.
The challenge was open to multi-residential buildings across Toronto. In total, 143 buildings registered – representing more than 20,000 residential units – from 35 different wards. A total of 89 challenge submissions were received.
“I’m proud of the efforts made by all the buildings that took up this challenge,” said Mayor Tory. “The initiative they have shown and the innovative ideas they put in place are a great foundation for the future. Other buildings can learn from these winners and try some of their successful efforts.”
“This was a great opportunity to bring attention to the importance of waste reduction in multi-residential dwellings,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “Over half of Toronto residents live in apartment or condo buildings but they tend to recycle and compost much less than single-family homes – diverting 28 per cent of their waste compared to 65 per cent for houses.”
Buildings that participated in the six-month challenge used existing City programs such as recycling, organics collection and proper disposal of electronics and household hazardous waste, as well as creating other initiatives that worked well for their properties and residents.
At the recognition ceremony, the overall Towering Challenge winner was officially presented with a special certificate from Mayor Tory. Ten other buildings received awards in different categories. The winning buildings are identified below.
Overall winner: Omni Forest Mansions, Scarborough
Best Leadership: 20 Prince Arthur Avenue
Honourable mention: Harbourside – 55 Harbour Sq.
Best Resident Engagement Initiative: Hugh Garner Housing Co-operative
Honourable mention: Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace
Best Initiative Using Data: Capreit – 5 and 15 Tangreen Cres.
Honourable mention: Symphony Place – MTCC945
Best Reduce and Reuse Initiative: 18 Sommerset – MTCC 1273
Honourable mention: 7 and 21 Richgrove Dr.
Most Innovative: Millgate Manor Condominiums
Honourable mention: The Monet – TSCC 1642
City Council approved the Long Term Waste Management Strategy last year to guide waste management in Toronto for the next 30 to 50 years. The multi-residential sector is an important focus of the overall strategy as it currently produces about half of the city’s residential garbage and the amount is growing as more residential units are built.
Submissions to the Mayor’s Towering Challenge were reviewed by an independent judging committee that scored submissions based on criteria provided by Solid Waste Management Services. The judging committee included representatives from the Greater Toronto Apartment Association, Recycling Council of Ontario, Neighbourhood Revitalization and Tower Renewal, the University of Toronto and the Toronto Environmental Alliance.