July 2, 2009
New reuse and recycling focused-CEC will divert 3,000 tonnes of waste each year
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York today celebrated the official opening of our first Community Environmental Centre (CEC) in the City of Vaughan, launching a new and innovative waste diversion opportunity. The new CEC, operated in partnership with charitable agencies Goodwill Industries and Habitat for Humanity York Region, is the first of its kind in York Region and provides residents with a convenient one-stop location for reusing, recycling and disposal.
“The opening of York Region’s first Community Environmental Centre represents our strong focus on diversion,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “This state-of-the-art facility demonstrates York Region’s leadership in sustainable waste management and will provide an opportunity to educate residents on our many environmentally-based programs.”
York Region has invested $6.5 million in the building of the CEC. Construction of the facility began last fall. With the involvement of residents, this CEC will help York Region divert even more material from landfill each year – up to an estimated 3,000 tonnes.
“The McCleary Court CEC is the first of seven CECs that York Region plans to build throughout the Region in the coming years,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of the Region’s Solid Waste Committee. “We know that convenience drives diversion and this CEC, plus other planned future locations, will provide residents with a new level of convenience and diversion potential.”
The new CEC looks like a community centre, featuring attractive architecture, outdoor container canopies and extensive landscaping. The reuse building has been designed and constructed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard for sustainable development with a focus on energy and water conservation, recycled construction materials and waste minimization.
“Habitat for Humanity York Region is a proud partner in the McCleary Court CEC,” said Habitat for Humanity York Region Re-Store Manager Bryon Disera. “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with York Region on this project.”
Staff from Goodwill Industries and Habitat for Humanity manage the reuse building within the CEC. Over the past several years, York Region has collaborated with both charitable agencies on other diversion projects.
“York Region’s CEC will divert more quality reusable items back into the community for a second life,” said Goodwill President and CEO Ken Connelly. “This facility offers many levels of support to the community and we are pleased to be in partnership with York Region.”
All reusable and recyclable materials (furniture, building supplies, bulky recyclables such as wood, drywall, scrap metal) can be dropped off at the CEC free-of-charge. Facility user fees apply to residual waste and tires. The CEC does not accept Household Hazardous Waste with the exception of household batteries and compact fluorescent lights. Green Bin organics, leaf and yard waste are not accepted.
The new CEC is located at 130 McCleary Court in the City of Vaughan. It officially opens to the public on Saturday, July 4th, operating Thursday to Monday from 9:30 a.m .to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. from April 1st to October 31st.
For more information on York Region waste management programs and services, please visit www.york.ca/waste
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