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News Release

Durham Region earns awards for Reuse Days program, successful waste diversion efforts

WHITBY, ON January 07, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department has been honoured with two awards for its waste management efforts from the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO).

“We are proud to once again be honoured by the Recycling Council of Ontario,” says Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works. “Thanks to residents embracing innovative new programs such as Reuse Days, along with their commitment to curbside diversion through their Blue Boxes and Green Bins, Durham continues to be a leader in waste management in Ontario.”

Durham Region, along with its partners (Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Canadian Diabetes Association, Goodwill and the Salvation Army) earned the RCO 2014 Gold Partnership Award for the successful Reuse Days program. Reuse Days, now a permanent program after a successful pilot in 2013, diverts quality, reusable items from landfill. Instead of making drop offs to numerous locations, all unwanted items can be delivered to one site (the Durham Waste Management Facility), where the partnering non-profit charities collect reusable items for resale. In 2013, 38.4 tonnes of reusable goods (including renovation materials, clothing, furniture and other household goods), were donated and therefore diverted from landfill.

The RCO also honoured Durham with the 2014 Gold Municipal Award, which recognizes municipalities that have diverted a significant percentage of municipal waste from disposal through reduction, reuse and/or recycling initiatives. The evaluation for this award includes the improvement in waste minimization performance over the past two years and the overall performance in 2013 (measured by the total tonnes of waste reduced, reused, recycled or composted versus the total tonnes of waste disposed). In 2013, Durham’s waste diversion rate was 54 per cent.

For more information about waste management programs and events in Durham Region, visit www.durham.ca/waste.

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