Peel Council Approves Short-Term Waste Disposal Option
BRAMPTON, ON. (March 29, 2012) - Peel Regional Council today directed staff to finalize an agreement with Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WMCC) as a short-term waste disposal solution. Under the agreement, WMCC would receive 160,000 tonnes of Peel’s waste for a five year term with renewal options to be implemented at the Region’s discretion.
Under the agreement, WMCC would dispose of the waste at the Twin Creeks landfill in Warwick, Ontario. WMCC would also extract recyclable materials at their transfer station which would be credited back to Peel Region for processing and resale to other markets. In addition, the agreement supports an accelerated landfill gas utilization program that would see the environmentally-friendly initiative implemented in 2014 – two years earlier than is currently scheduled.
“Council’s decision to award the short-term disposal solution to the lowest priced vendor recognizes the financial pressures that Council faces.” explained Regional Chairman Kolb, “In light of the recent Provincial budget restraints, it is appropriate that Council look for the largest savings possible while still ensuring that the needs of our community are met.”
The short-term disposal solution will bridge the five to seven year gap that the Region will require to implement its long-term waste disposal solution, which is expected to manage the community’s needs for the next 25 years. The pending agreement will go into effect in October 2012, delivering an annual savings of $8.5 million over the Region’s current prices.
Councillor Sanderson, Chair of the Waste Management Committee, noted that, “Council’s decision reflects our current fiscal environment. It is the responsible choice right now and we will utilize the annual savings appropriately to support our long-term waste disposal strategy.”
For complete details on the short-term disposal agreement, please see the staff report at peelregion.ca/council/agendas.
The Region of Peel provides waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and in the Town of Caledon. For more information on these programs, call the Region of Peel at 905-791-9499 (or in long-distance areas of Caledon call 905-584-2216, free of charge) or visit peelregion.ca/waste.
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