February 28, 2002

York Region to complete agreements for new state-of-the-art waste transfer and processing facilities

NEWMARKET York Regional Council today continued preparation for the closure of the Keele Valley Landfill by authorizing staff to conclude negotiations of agreements for waste transfer and processing facilities within the Regional Municipality of York, including a new integrated material recovery facility (MRF).

York Region will become the first major Canadian municipality to operate a state-of-the-art, single stream integrated MRF of this magnitude.

"Today marks a very large step forward for our Region as we aim to dramatically increase the amount of waste diverted away from landfill," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair. "We have already committed to a three-stream collection program, with a heavy emphasis on enhanced recycling and composting efforts. An extensive education program will also be developed because we are asking our residents to considerably alter their disposal and recycling habits."

Agreements to be finalized with Miller Waste Systems include the following:

"The sophisticated material recycling facility is a made-in-York Region solution and an excellent example of a public-private partnership with Miller Waste Systems," said Alan Wells, York Region's Chief Administrative Officer. "The Region maintains full control of the facility and allows us to meet our diversion targets, while York Region residents have the benefit of not having to sort their recycling products into various categories."

To review a Fact Sheet and Backgrounder on the Region's diversion efforts, or for more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca

Fact Sheet


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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