For Immediate Release
February 16, 2001
Acting Director, Waste Management
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4703
REGION OF PEEL RECEIVES FUNDING FOR
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM
(Brampton) - The Region of Peel has received $16,318 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Green Municipal Investment Funds, to help fund its Electronic Goods Recycling Program. The grant was awarded at the Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa.
"This funding will help us run our Electronic Goods Recycling Program and keep these electronic items out of the landfill," says Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel. "We appreciate the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in helping us achieve our waste diversion goals."
Earlier this year, the Region of Peel began accepting electronic goods for recycling at all of its recycling facilities. The goods are collected by the Region and processed by a private company which removes the unrecyclable components and then sells the recyclables to the marketplace. Acceptable items include fax machines, phones, computers, printers, scanners, pagers, modems, photocopiers, telecom equipment, disk/hard drives, and electronic cash registers. The Region estimates that 100 tonnes of electronic equipment will be diverted from landfill in 2001 through the Electronic Goods Recycling Program.
"Peel is leading the way in Canada for the recycling and recovery of these electronic materials," says Zamojc. "We will be sharing our information about this initiative with other municipalities who want to implement similar programs."
The Green Municipal Funds are managed and administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which received $125 million funding from the Government of Canada in April 2000. The Funds stimulate investment in innovative municipal infrastructure projects to improve the environmental performance of Canadian municipalities in areas such as air, water or soil quality, climate protection and the use of renewable resources. The Funds are open to Canadian municipalities, whether members of FCM or not, and to private or public-sector partners working with a municipal government. There are two Funds: the five-year, $25 million Green Municipal Enabling Fund (GMEF), which supports feasibility studies, and the $100 million Green Municipal Investment Fund (GMIF), a permanent revolving fund that supports project implementation.
"I commend the federal government for its leadership in establishing the Green Fund and for its support of the FCM and its municipal partners," says Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "Working together, we can make great strides in protecting our environment."
Electronic Goods are now accepted at the Brampton Public Waste and Recycling Depot, the Britannia Public Waste and Recycling Depot, the Bolton Community Recycling Centre, and the Caledon Public Waste and Recycling Depot.
Over 200 Green Municipal Enabling Fund applications were submitted from across Canada.
The Region of Peel is one of 12 communities which were successful in their bid for funding from the FCM.
For more information, residents can call the WASTELINE at 905-791-9499. Long distance residents in Caledon can call 905-584-2216 and ask for the WASTELINE, or visit the Region's Web site at www.region.peel.on.ca
- 30 -Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
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