January 28, 2009
Media Release

York Region diversion ranks number 1 among large Ontario municipalities

Waste Diversion Ontario report names York Region as diversion leader for 2007
NEWMARKET A report released by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) this month ranks The Regional Municipality of Yorks 2007 diversion rate of 45.7 per cent as No. 1 among large Ontario municipalities.  York Regions leadership in diversion is a result of the commitment of York Region residents following the continued investment of York Regional Council.
York Regional Council has invested heavily in our diversion programs and staff have worked very hard.  We can all share in the reward of this outstanding achievement, said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  We are not surprised at what our residents have accomplished, but we know there is much more work to be done.
The 2007 diversion rate of 45.7 per cent marks a significant increase from the rate of 40 per cent in 2006.   Increased diversion opportunity became available following region-wide implementation of the Green Bin program in 2007.  York Region diverted 152,611 tonnes of waste from landfill through Green Bin, Blue Box and other diversion programs in 2007.  An estimated 169,706 tonnes was diverted in 2008. 
I commend the efforts of all York Region residents in leading us to this great success, said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Regions Solid Waste Committee.  Waste diversion remains a top priority for York Region and I look forward to the work ahead to further our diversion programs.
WDO diversion rates represent the amount of waste diverted after the removal of unacceptable residue.
Large Ontario municipalities account for more than 48 per cent of Ontarios total population.  York Regions overall ranking for 2007 is 17th from a total of 206 municipalities, an increase from 50th out of 201 municipalities in 2006. 
In 2008, York Region moved forward with a number of efforts, including:
 Increasing participation in the Green Bin and Blue Box programs through promotion and education campaigns
 Launching the Plastic Bag Take-Back program in partnership with local retailers
 Beginning construction of a Community Environmental Centre (CEC) in the City of Vaughan
 Diverting from landfill by shipping waste to the Dongara pelletization plant in the City of Vaughan
In 2009, York Region will:
 Celebrate the official opening of the Dongara pelletization plant and the Vaughan CEC and begin planning for a second CEC location
 Explore expanded Blue Box options and upgrade waste management facility equipment
 Continue planning for a proposed energy-from-waste facility
 Develop an Integrated Waste Management Master Plan
 Aim to achieve a 59 per cent WDO diversion rate
Considering energy recovery diversion methods such as Dongara, York Region will divert approximately          85 per cent of waste from landfill in 2009.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.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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