For Immediate Release
September 6, 2001
Waste Program Planning
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4467
Region of Peel Celebrates Waste Reduction Week
(Brampton) - Today, Regional Council proclaimed the week of Oct. 15 to 21, 2001 as Waste Reduction Week in the Region of Peel. The Region provides waste management services to almost one million residents in the Region, and this proclamation affirms the Region's commitment to increasing public awareness of environmental issues and promoting reduction, reuse and recycling to maximize the diversion of waste.
"Waste reduction is a key component in the Region's Long Term Waste Resource Management Strategy, which sets out the Regional approach for waste management services and initiatives," says Andrew Pollock, Director of Waste Management for the Region. "The number one goal of this strategy is to divert 70 per cent of waste from landfill, which we are targeting to achieve by 2006."
The theme of this year's Waste Reduction Week is Too Good To Waste! A variety of activities are planned. The Region's Waste Management staff will once again invite students in the community to participate in a recycled artwork contest. The creative works will be displayed in libraries and other public venues throughout Waste Reduction Week. In addition, an information display will be located in the Bramalea City Centre Mall on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
"We encourage all Peel residents to practice reducing, reusing and recycling not only this week, but every week throughout the year," says Nathalie Henning, Acting Manager of Waste Program Planning. "The best alternatives to managing waste are to reduce the amount of waste we generate, to reuse or donate items for reuse whenever possible and to make recycling a way of life for everyone in the Region."
Waste Reduction Week is sponsored by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO). For the first time in 17 years, municipalities, schools, media and businesses across Canada will recognize Waste Reduction Week.
For more information on any of the Region's waste management programs, please visit our Web site at www.region.peel.on.ca or call the WASTELINE, 905-791-9499. For long-distance areas in Caledon, call 905-584-2216, free of charge, and ask for the WASTELINE.
Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail
Web site: http://www.region.peel.on.ca
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