Oakville recognized with two silver awards for waste reduction initiatives

Friday, November 04, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville recognized with two silver awards for waste reduction initiatives

Awards received at Recycling Council of Ontario’s Waste Minimization Gala

Oakville Town Council will be presented with two silver Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) awards at Monday night’s council meeting.

The town’s Environmental Policy department received the awards for its environmental initiatives in the categories of Municipal Waste Diversion and Communications at the RCO 2011 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards Gala on October 19, 2011.

“These awards celebrate Oakville’s role as a leader in sustainable environmental practices,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Council is committed to developing and promoting innovative and sustainable environmental solutions for the town and the community bringing us one step closer to becoming the most livable town in Canada.”

The two silver awards recognized the town for the many waste reduction initiatives implemented over the past couple of years including:

recycling programs at select sports fields, transit stops and special events with a commitment for further implementation
recycling, compost and hazardous waste programs at Town Hall, Oakville Transit, Central Operations
recycling shrink wrap and collecting hazardous waste at both the Oakville and Bronte Marinas
implementing the town’s Sustainable Purchasing Procedure and printing standards
eliminating bottled water at Town Hall, creating a water bar, and introducing the Blue W program
recycling programs for batteries, motor oil, cell phones and cork collection
communicating to the public and staff on all environmental programs

“Implementing the many waste reduction programs across the town’s facilities has proven to be very successful,” said Cindy Toth, director of Environmental Policy for the Town of Oakville. “At Town Hall, we implemented central waste stations in all departments with containers for garbage, recycling and composting. After a waste audit, we were happy to see that 82 per cent of all waste at Town Hall was diverted from the landfill; that’s a 60 per cent increase in waste diversion since implementing the centralized waste program.”

Toth also added that the battery recycling program saved approximately 1,700 kilograms of expired batteries from the landfill.

For more information on all of the town’s environmental initiatives, visit the Environment page.

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Media contact:

Cindy Toth
Director, Environmental Policy
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3299
ctoth@oakville.ca

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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Oakville recognized with two silver awards for waste reduction initiatives