March 28, 2002

Region of York completes waste management strategy;
approves two additional waste disposal contracts

NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York put the final piece of its long-term waste management strategy in place today when Council approved two additional waste disposal contracts.

Council approved a contract with Onyx Arbor Hills Landfill Inc. to send up to 90,000 tonnes of solid waste per year to the company's landfill in Michigan. A contract with Green Lane Landfill, a division of St. Thomas Sanitary Collection Service Limited, has also been approved to send up to 50,000 tonnes of solid waste per year to the company's landfill based in Southwold Township, near St. Thomas, Ontario.

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 landfill in Michigan.

"With three separate waste disposal contracts, York Region has completed its waste management strategy well in advance of the end-of-year closure of the Keele Valley Landfill," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "We have also secured an Ontario landfill to accept a portion of our waste, which has been an important component of our overall waste strategy."

Last month, Council authorized staff to conclude negotiations of agreements for waste transfer and processing facilities within York Region, including a new integrated material recovery facility (MRF) in East Gwillimbury and a transfer station along Highway 7.

"Diversion is an essential element to the Region's waste management strategy," said Markham Regional Councillor Gord Landon, Chair of the Solid Waste Management Committee. "Our environmental pledge is to divert at least 50 per cent of our waste away from landfill."

To view a Backgrounder detailing the Region's waste management strategy, a Fact Sheet on York's diversion strategy, 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

Integrated material recovery facility, transfer station and composting comprise York Region diversion strategy

 Backgrounder

 Region of York develops waste management strategy

With the Ontario Government's guarantee to close the Keele Valley Landfill by the end of 2002, the Region of York has developed a long-term waste management strategy for residential waste.

The strategy consists of locating new waste disposal facilities 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 March 2002, Regional Council approved a contract with Onyx Arbor Hills Landfill Inc. to send up to 90,000 tonnes of solid waste per year to the company's landfill in Michigan. In addition, Council also approved a contract with Green Lane Landfill, a division of St. Thomas Sanitary Collection Service Limited, to send up to 50,000 tonnes of solid waste per year to the company's landfill in Southwold Township, Ontario.

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.

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 February 2002, Council authorized staff to conclude negotiations of agreements for waste transfer and processing facilities within the Region, including a new integrated material recovery facility (MRF) in East Gwillimbury, and a transfer station along the Highway 7 corridor. York Region will become the first major Canadian municipality to operate a state-of-the-art, single-stream integrated MRF of this magnitude.


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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