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August 2, 2000
City Council Awards Waste Disposal Contract
  
Works and Emergency Services - City Council approved a recommendation from a
joint committee of Works Committee and Policy and Finance Committee to award
contracts for Toronto's solid waste disposal needs to Rail Cycle North Ltd. and
Republic Services (Canada) Ltd. These were selected from a short list of
respondents.

It is proposed that the City will partner with the neighbouring GTA Regional
Municipalities of Peel, York and Durham to bring together the necessary volume
of solid waste to initiate the contract. The three GTA Councils will consider
the proposal and advise Toronto of a decision in September. Republic Services
(Canada) Ltd. has been selected to manage the private sector waste received by
the City. Both contracts will feature a "no put or pay" provision (only pay
for the amount of waste disposed, not based on a specific tonnage per year),
which will allow the City to engage in diversion technologies and reduce the
amount of solid waste going to landfill.

Angelos Bacopoulos, General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services said, "Of
the proposals received, we feel council's decision represents the best solution
for meeting Toronto's waste disposal needs. Linked with our diversion
objectives, the city is moving to a comprehensive and integrated process. We
need to keep stressing economic value while promoting waste reduction and
environmentally sound disposal technologies."

Rail Cycle North Ltd.'s submission is a contract for a term of 20 years for
residual municipal solid waste disposal for Toronto and the GTA. It proposes
using the Adams Mine Landfill Site near Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Rail Cycle
North Ltd. is able to handle a disposal capacity of up to 1.3 million tonnes
per year. The contract is scheduled to begin January 1, 2003.

Republic Services (Canada) Ltd.'s submission provides for tonnages above
100,000 per year for up to 20 years to manage private sector waste. The
contract begins January 1, 2001, at a rate of 300,000 tonnes of solid waste,
both municipal and private sector, per year for two years, in order to
facilitate a December 31, 2002 closing of the Keele Valley Landfill Site.

Bacopoulos said, "This recommendation provides solutions for Toronto's
disposal needs. We'll be moving forward with diversion initiatives.
Ultimately, the goal is to minimize the amount of waste, increase diversion and
reduce Toronto's need to dispose."

Read more at: www.city.toron to.on.ca/involved/swm/swmmep#adam


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