February 28, 2002

Region of York developing waste management strategy in advance of Keele Valley Landfill closure

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.


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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