March 26, 2007
Media Advisory

Special York Region Solid Waste Committee meeting scheduled


Report to be considered outlining proposed short-list of sites for thermal treatment facility


NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will be holding a special meeting of the Solid Waste Management Committee tomorrow at the York Region Administrative Centre, Committee Room B at 3 p.m. or immediately following the Durham/York Residual Waste Study Joint Management Group meeting.


The special meeting has been called to consider a short-list of potential sites for the proposed thermal treatment facility to manage Durham and York Regions’ residual waste.


WHEN:              Tuesday, March 27th at 3 p.m. (or immediately after the

                        Joint Management Group Meeting, whichever is the earliest)


WHERE:            York Region Administrative Centre, Committee Room “B”

                        17250 Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket


WHAT:             A Special Solid Waste Management Committee meeting


WHO:               Members of the Solid Waste Management Committee:

                        Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO

                        Mario Ferri, Chair of Solid Waste Management Committee and

                           City of Vaughan Regional Councillor

                        Jack Heath, Vice Chair of Solid Waste Management Committee and

                           Town of Markham Regional Councillor

                        Phyllis Morris, Town of Aurora Mayor

                        Gordon Landon, Town of Markham Regional Councillor

                        Gino Rosati, City of Vaughan Regional Councillor

                        Vito Spatafora, Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor

                        John Taylor, Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor

                        Danny Wheeler, Town of Georgina Regional Councillor



York Region has partnered with Durham Region on the Durham/York Residual Waste Environmental Assessment Study to find a way to manage the garbage remaining after diversion efforts. 


York Regional Council is dedicated to increasing waste diversion and last fall committed to diverting 65 per cent of waste from landfill by 2010.


In April 2006, thermal treatment with energy recovery was recommended as the preferred technology for managing residual waste (the waste left over after diversion efforts) is thermal treatment with energy recovery. 


In Fall 2006, the Study project team finalized the evaluation and screening criteria for potential sites for the facility and began searching in both Regions.  This process also included two public consultations where any party interested in proposing a privately-owned site for a potential new facility could submit their proposal.


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For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit


Media Contact:         Tracy Smith, Communications Specialist, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  (905) 830-4444, Ext. 1209 or Cell: (905) 251-6412


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