February 28, 2002
With the Ontario Government's guarantee to close the Keele Valley Landfill by the end of 2002, the Region of York has been developing a long-term waste management strategy for residential waste.
The strategy consists of locating a new waste disposal facility outside of York Region, and a commitment to divert at least 50 per cent of the Region's current 190,000 tonnes of annual waste away from landfill.
In April 2001, York Regional Council approved a new three-stream collection system for household waste materials following a two-year study of alternatives. Under the three-stream system, waste materials will be separated and collected differently:
In June 2001, Regional Council approved a contract with Republic Services of Canada Inc. and Wilson Logistics Inc. to send a minimum 50,000 tonnes of solid waste per year to a Michigan landfill. Regional staff are reviewing tenders received for the remaining tonnes of annual waste.
Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region