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September 7, 2000
New Recycling Facility will Increase City's Recycling Efforts
  
A new facility that will allow the city to increase the amount of recycling
material it processes annually was introduced at a media conference today.

The material recovery facility (MRF), located at the city's Dufferin Transfer
Station, will receive, process and market mixed container material including
steel and aluminum cans, rigid aluminum foil, plastic bottles and jugs, and
clear and coloured glass containers.

The MRF will have the capacity to process up to 25,000 tonnes of material
annually.

Prior to the opening of this new facility, the city operated one MRF (at 400
Commissioners Street). The opening of the new facility will mean the city can
reduce its reliance on the Commissioners Street MRF, which is in its ninth year
of operation.

The new MRF is owned by the city and operated by Miller Waste Systems under a
four-year operating agreement.

"The opening of this facility is one of the key building blocks in the city's
future recycling efforts," said Bill Saundercook, chair of the City's Works
Committee. "By allowing us to process larger amounts of materials, this
facility will help us reach our goal of diverting 50 per cent of waste from
landfill by 2006."

"One of the most significant aspects of the this facility is that in addition
to being able to deal with present requirements, we will have the capability to
process additional materials from the recycling program in the future," said
Blair McArthur, Vice President of Miller Waste Systems.



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