Town of Oakville wins awards for its environmental achievements

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville wins awards for its environmental achievements

The Town of Oakville was recognized with a gold Ontario Waste Minimization Award from the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) for three innovative waste diversion programs, as well as a Milestone 2 Achievement award from Local Governments for Sustainability (ICELI).

“Council’s vision for Oakville is to be the most livable town in Canada; reducing our ecological footprint is a vital part of achieving this goal,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We are proud to receive these awards recognizing the town’s commitment to finding new and creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and we encourage all residents to do the same.”

The gold Ontario Waste Minimization Award was given to the Town of Oakville in three categories:

Municipal Diversion — for the town’s successful implementation of waste diversion programs at town facilities that have helped employees achieve an average waste diversion rate of 70 per cent.
Municipal Communications — for the innovative communication tools such as an internal website and employee newsletter and social media, as well as outreach programs to engage employees and residents about waste diversion.
Municipal Unique Program — for the town’s Towards Zero Waste Procedure. This procedure was created in 2009 to move town operations and events toward achieving the town’s waste reduction and diversion goals.

The Milestone 2 Achievement was awarded to the town at the Livable Cities Forum for its progress in developing a comprehensive, risk-based plan to address the anticipated effects of climate change. The Town of Oakville is one of 12 municipalities working with ICLEI to create a corporate Climate Change Adaption Plan. Town staff is moving through a five milestone process that provides a standardized approach to guide municipalities in developing the plan. The town has now gathered the necessary data and created a framework to guide the planning and implementation of climate change measures.

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

Media contact

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

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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