April 4, 2006

Province approves Terms of Reference for Durham York Residual Waste Study 


Both Regions commended for made-in-Ontario plan for landfill diversion


NEWMARKET – The Government of Ontario has approved the Terms of Reference for the Durham York Residual Waste Study, allowing both Regions to jointly move forward with an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine an effective means of managing leftover (residual) waste that cannot be recycled or composted.  The EA will consider a range of processing technologies and treatments, including the latest thermal technologies, to identify a preferred system for managing wastes that remain after diversion.


“I’m pleased to see the Province give us a ‘green light’ on our waste diversion efforts,” said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “With the Terms of Reference approved, we can move forward with our partners in Durham Region to develop long-term plans to deal with our waste.”


Both York and Durham Regions currently ship most of their residual waste to landfill sites in the State of Michigan.  Increasing pressure from legislators and others in Michigan has prompted Ontario jurisdictions to explore “made-in-Ontario” solutions.


“I congratulate the Regions for having the foresight to develop a long-term waste management plan and for seeking local solutions,” said the Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of the Environment, in her Terms of Reference approval letter.  “Furthermore, I commend the Regions’ commitments to expand diversion programs to achieve a goal of 60 per cent diversion by 2011.”


Both York and Durham Regions will be moving forward with the EA process, which will consider different waste processing technologies and identify a preferred residual waste management system.  This process will include:


“Public input has been and will continue to be a vital element of our residual waste management plans,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Management Committee.  “These next steps will be critical if we are to develop a comprehensive means of managing our residual waste that is both effective and in keeping with the wishes of our residents.”


The May 9-11th public information sessions in York Region have been scheduled for the following locations:

Town of Newmarket

Tuesday, May 9th

Ray Twinney Recreation Complex Lounge 1

100 Eagle Street West

7-9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Town of Richmond Hill

Wednesday, May 10th

York Region South Services Centre

1st Floor, Corporate Learning

50 Hi Tech Road

7-9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

City of Vaughan

Thursday, May 11th

Saint Joan of Arc Catholic School – Cafeteria

1 Saint Joan of Arc Avenue

7-9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)



For more information on these information sessions, please contact Kelly Spitzig at 1-877-464-9675 extension 5785, or visit the Durham York Residual Waste study at www.durhamyorkwaste.ca


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Media Contact:         Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, ext. 1232 or after-hours pager 905-830-3302

                                 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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