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June 5, 2006
City of Toronto wins solid waste award from FCM-CH2M HILL
Mayor David Miller announced today that the City of Toronto has been recognized for its leadership in solid waste by winning a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award. The award recognizes the City’s solid waste initiatives for excellence and innovation in municipal service delivery and advanced sustainable community development.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication shown by City staff that has led to this award,” said Mayor David Miller. “This honour recognizes our determination to be on the cutting edge of solid waste management and underlines our commitment to reaching our waste diversion goals.”

The City has moved forward with an aggressive Integrated Waste Diversion Plan to meet its diversion goals of 60 per cent by 2008 and 100 per cent by 2012. This plan outlines waste diversion strategies for the residential and small business sectors, as well as the City’s agencies, boards, commissions and divisions. Over the last five years, waste diversion rates have doubled, reaching 56 per cent in single family homes through initiatives such as the launch of the largest organics collection program in North America and simplifying recycling by allowing residents to mix their recyclables (e.g. bottles, cans and paper) in either their blue or grey box.

“We have also formed the Community Environmental Assessment Team to assist in our long-term residual waste management planning,” said Councillor Shelley Carroll, Chair, Works Committee, City of Toronto. “This team is unique because it engages 20 citizens with diverse professional backgrounds to help us find sustainable waste management solutions. Toronto will be one of the first Canadian municipalities testing and reviewing new technologies.”

FCM and CH2M HILL Canada established the Awards in 2000 to recognize and celebrate municipal leadership in championing sustainable community development and promoting best practices in addressing environmental issues in municipal operations. Along with environmental benefits, winning projects demonstrate the economic and social advantages of sustainability.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. FCM is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. FCM supports sustainable community development by providing a wide-range of resources including capacity building, networking tools and financial services.

CH2M HILL is a global full-service infrastructure and environmental firm providing services in water, transportation, energy and industrial systems to public and private clients in numerous industries. CH2M HILL is committed to developing innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to serve the needs of communities worldwide.

Media contacts:
Katie Herbert, Senior Communications Co-ordinator, 416-397-5001
Councillor Shelley Carroll, Chair, Works Committee, 416-392-4038



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