Yearly Archives: 2013

Battery Curbside Collection Update

The results are in for the special Battery Curbside Collection and City residents are to be congratulated on a job well done.

During the special week-long event November 12 – 15, 2013, the City of Peterborough collected 3.2 tonnes of household batteries. This one-week total is more than half the amount collected at our Household Hazardous Waste Depot in all of 2012.

Clearly, residents appreciated the convenience of a curbside collection. Please remember though, that this was a special collection, and batteries are not normally collected with recycling.

City residents are encouraged to continue to recycle your spent batteries at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot, or, save them for the next curbside collection in March 2014. The Household Hazardous Waste Depot is open year-round, Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., to accept your batteries and other household hazardous wastes, free of charge.

Visit for more details, or call 705-742-7777, ext 1657 or toll free 1-855-738-3755, ext 1657.

Public Awareness Campaign for Emerald Ash Borer Launches

The City of Peterborough Urban Forestry will be launching their Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) public awareness campaign with a booth at the forthcoming Green Expo at Lansdowne Place on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

This is an important issue to Peterborough residents, remarked Paul Hambidge, Urban Forestry Specialist, as EAB is as close to Peterborough as Hiawatha, so the time to prepare is now. The City will begin treating publicly owned ash trees in 2014, but it is equally important for property owners to be vigilant regarding their own trees.

A wide range of resource materials about EAB will be available to take away. The public is encouraged to visit the booth to get information about ash tree identification, treatment and replanting. Information is also available about the City’s plan to manage EAB on publicly owned ash trees.

This information is also available on the City of Peterborough website

Local Food Forum

On September 18, 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs launched a key piece of their broader food strategy – The Local Food Fund.  The Local Food Fund is a 3-year initiative with funding of up to $10 million per year to support innovative local food projects that reduce barriers to sustainable, regional economic development.  The goal of the Local Food Fund is to increase the purchase of Ontario foods and contribute to increase economic activity.

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Peterborough Public Library Auditorium

345 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough

Registration is FREE and available online at

Agenda includes:

  • local food agencies, groups and service providers are invited to make a 5 minute presentation on their local food programs and services, followed by
  • Judy Coward, Economic Development Consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will provide an overview of the Local Food Fund & application details.

Take the time to find out more about this new funding opportunity.

The first funding period closes October 31, 2013.

6th Annual Prairie Day at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna

Join Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) and the Alderville First Nation at the 6th annual Prairie Day on Saturday, September 7th, to celebrate the land, its people and their achievements in the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area. Everyone is welcome at this family-oriented eco-event Saturday September 7th from 10am-4pm at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna west of Roseneath, Ontario.

We invite everyone to come out and join us for a day of family fun, says Todd Farrell, conservation biologist with NCC. We will showcase the Alderville Black Oak Savanna and NCC properties and help you learn more about the habitat and the natural beauty of Canada’s easternmost prairie.

The Rice Lake Plains is a spectacular tallgrass prairie landscape perched on the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has worked for more than a decade with its conservation friends and partners to protect and restore this rare ecosystem.

The whole family will enjoy a variety of activities and live entertainment, including tallgrass prairie tours, music by Ken Whiteley and other artists, Sciensational Sssnakes, bird banding, nature workshops, traditional foods, demonstrations of Indigenous practices, storytelling, face painting, kids activities and more!

For more information go to or call 905-352-1008.

Condos, Cartage and Cleaning Products – Local Sustainability In Action

The Sustainable Business Initiative, a program of the Sustainable Peterborough Economic Development Working group is pleased to present: “Condos, Cartage and Cleaning Products – Local Sustainability In Action”, Thursday, September 19th, 2013 7:30am – 9:00am in the GPAEDC Boardroom – 210 Wolfe St., Peterborough

Come learn 10 Easy Business Sustainability Initiatives and listen to a panel discussion of local businesses talking about how they have put sustainability into action in their facilities.

Registration is free and available online or by calling Brigid Ayotte 705-743-0777 ext. 2160 or by e-mail at