December 16, 2008

York Region events divert more than 13 tonnes from landfill


Materials given back to the community through Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity


NEWMARKET – More than 13 tonnes of reusable materials have been diverted from landfill through three Reuse/Recycle events hosted this year by The Regional Municipality of York in partnership with Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity.


Thanks to the participation of hundreds of York Region residents, over 10 tonnes of reusable items were collected for Goodwill and nearly three tonnes collected for Habitat for Humanity.  All items were given back to the community and given a second life rather than going to landfill.


“The success of diversion programs in York Region can be directly attributed to the hard work and commitment of our residents,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “I’m confident this program, combined with our other waste management initiatives, will allow us to achieve our goal of a minimum 65 per cent diversion from landfill by 2010.”


Reuse/Recycle events give residents more opportunities to divert materials from landfill while also giving back to the community.  Items collected at events throughout the Region included clothes, housewares, books, CDs and DVDs, tools, fabrics, games, sports equipment and building supplies.  Over 600 kilograms of shredded paper was also collected for recycling at these events.  


“Even before recycling and composting, we should strive first to reduce and to reuse,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Committee.  “York Region residents are getting involved and our individual efforts are coming together to produce powerful results.”


This is the fifth year York Region has hosted Reuse/Recycle events and more will be coming in 2009.  In the past five years, York Region residents have diverted over 60 tonnes of materials through Reuse/Recycle events.


For more information on York Region’s waste management programs, please visit or call 1-877-464-9675 Extension 5746.


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


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Media Contact:         Kim MacGillivray, Communications Specialist, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412


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