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For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2005

New Waste Contract Provides Long-Term Solution for Peel Waste

( Brampton ) –In a Special Meeting of Regional Council today, Peel Regional Council approved a new waste contract which provides for 20 years of waste disposal capacity and 10 years of waste collection services for Peel residents.

According to the $557 million contract, Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WMCC) will provide 20 years of Ontario-based landfill disposal capacity at current market rates, or Michigan-based capacity in the event that Ontario-based is not available. WMCC will also provide collection services for the urban areas of Peel ( Brampton and Mississauga ) for a period of 10 years.

“I’m confident that we have negotiated the best deal possible for our residents,” said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. “We can take pride in the fact that we have been proactive in ensuring a stable, long-term solution for waste. I commend Regional staff, particularly our staff in Waste Management and Legal Services, for their dedication and persistence during the negotiation process. Their efforts have contributed greatly to the successful outcome of this contract negotiation.”

“In today’s volatile environment, our priority was to secure a stable, long-term solution for waste collection and disposal for Peel residents,” said Regional Councillor Elaine Moore, Chair of the Region’s Public Works Committee. “We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with WMCC which provides Peel with the best opportunity to secure 20 years of Ontario-based disposal capacity at today’s prices.”

The terms of the contract show that, depending on disposal costs and accuracy of tonnage projections, the Region could benefit from a cost avoidance of up to $41 million in today’s dollars over the period of the 20-year contract.

Some new features of the new collection system outlined in the contract include weekly collection of kitchen organics (beginning in 2007) and weekly collection of single stream recyclables, meaning residents will no longer have to separate blue and grey box items.

“This contract provides us with a solution to the issue of a potential U.S. border closure, allowing Peel to avoid the need to seek landfill capacity in Ontario during a capacity crisis,” says Mitch Zamojc, the Region’s Commissioner of Public Works. “And by providing us with the ability to adjust tonnage commitments for disposal on an annual basis, it also allows us to continue investigating new and emerging technologies as an alternative to landfilling our waste.”

The approved contract allows staff to move ahead with the launch of other local waste initiatives such as the Region-wide organics collection program, which is now scheduled to begin in April 2007.

The Region of Peel provides municipal waste management services in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel's waste management programs and services, call the WASTELINE at 905-791-9499.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon .

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or 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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