February 5, 2009
Media Release

Dongara to celebrate official launch in City of Vaughan

NEWMARKET – Representatives from Dongara, The Regional Municipality of York and the City of Vaughan will celebrate the official opening of the Dongara waste management facility in the City of Vaughan on  Monday, February 9th. 
Dongara manufactures engineered fuel pellets from residual waste for use as an industrial energy source.    Dongara will divert up to 100,000 tonnes of York Region waste from landfill each year.
Media are invited to attend the event which will include speeches and a ribbon cutting.
When:      Monday, February 9th, 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where:     Dongara Training Room, 2nd Floor
       7251 Highway 27 (north of Highway 407), City of Vaughan
• Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO
• Linda Jackson, City of Vaughan Mayor
• Mario Ferri, City of Vaughan Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Committee
• Tony Carella, City of Vaughan Councillor, Ward 2
• Bruno Casciato, Dongara Operations President
Photo/Video Opportunities:
Speeches, ribbon-cutting, Dongara viewing gallery, Limited Tour
The Regional Municipality of York has a 20-year contract to send up to 100,000 tonnes of residual waste to Dongara annually.  This form of waste management works in conjunction with York Region’s other waste management and diversion programs, including the Green Bin and Blue Box programs. 
York Region achieved a 45.7 per cent diversion rate in 2007, earning Waste Diversion Ontario’s (WDO) No. 1 ranking for waste diversion among large urban Ontario municipalities.  Including the “4th R” of energy recovery, York Region will divert approximately 85 per cent of waste from landfill in 2009.
For more information on Dongara, please visit www.dongara.ca
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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Communications Specialist, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1209 or Cell: 905 251-6412
 Email:  Kim.MacGillivray@york.ca

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