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For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2005

Region of Peel Council Endorses Award of Waste Collection and Disposal Contract

(Brampton) – Peel Regional Council has authorized staff to execute an agreement with Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WMCC) for waste collection and disposal services.

At today’s Council meeting, Regional staff presented Council with a report outlining details of the agreement negotiated with WMCC representatives for future waste collection and disposal services. Under the agreement, WMCC will provide collection services for municipal solid waste, recyclables, yard waste and organics in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. The contract commences April 1, 2006 for a duration of 10 years. In addition, the agreement provides for 20 years of waste landfill disposal services commencing July 1, 2007.

“With ever increasing waste management needs and limited viable disposal options, Council has made it a priority to find strategic solutions to manage the challenges ahead,” says Maja Prentice, Regional Public Works Chair. “This contract is advantageous in many ways, as it not only ensures Peel retains consistent, quality collection services, but also provides us with an opportunity to obtain Ontario-based landfill capacity in times when cross-border disposal options are more tenuous.”

In an effort to assess the current market situation, Regional staff, as directed by Council, recently issued a Request for Expression of Interest in providing the Region with landfill capacity in the Ontario. In its proposal, WMCC has committed to providing Ontario-based capacity to the Region at today’s market prices, pending Environmental Assessment approvals, without a long-term minimum tonnage requirement.

After full consideration, Regional Council awarded the combined waste collection and disposal contract to WMCC on the basis their proposal provides the Region with continuity in its collection services, short-term disposal capacity in the event of a border closure preventing transfer of waste to Michigan and the opportunity to secure long-term Ontario-based landfill capacity.

“Council is confident this deal provides long-term value to the Region,” says Pat Saito, Regional Public Works Vice-Chair. “Waste Management of Canada is familiar with the Region’s programs and services and is ideally positioned to continue providing us with the customer-focussed services we have come to expect.”

WMCC, a fully integrated waste management services provider, is currently contracted until March 2006 to provide waste collection services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga. Waste Management of Canada, formerly known as Canadian Waste Services Inc., has held the current waste collection contract since 1995.

The five-year contract with Wilson Logistics Inc. and Republic Services Inc. to haul and dispose of the Region’s residual municipal solid waste in Michigan, U.S. expires in June 2007. Republic Services disposes the waste at Carleton Farms Landfill in Wayne County, Michigan. Currently, any of Peel’s waste that cannot be accommodated at the Algonquin Power Energy from Waste Facility and the Caledon Sanitary Landfill Site is shipped to Michigan.

“This deal represents a longer-term solution to handling Peel’s waste disposal needs,” says Public Works Commissioner Mitch Zamojc. “The possibility of obtaining access to scarce Ontario-based disposal capacity at today’s market rates with no minimum tonnage requirements for the next 20 years provides the Region with significant benefits and great flexibility.”

Currently, because of the Region’s recycling programs and the use of the energy from waste facility to incinerate residential waste, less than 30 per cent of household waste collected in Peel is disposed of in landfill.

“The Region continues to identify and implement progressive waste diversion programs and services in an effort to steadily reduce our reliance on landfill for disposal,” says Andrew Pollock, Director of Waste Management. “But, even with our best efforts in place, Peel will require some landfill capacity for the foreseeable future.”

The Region of Peel provides municipal solid waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. For more information, call the Region of Peel's WASTELINE at 905-791-9499. Caledon residents in long-distance areas can call 905-584-2216 free of charge and ask for the WASTELINE. Visit our Web site at peelregion.ca

Andrew Pollock
Director, Waste Management
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4703

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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