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News Release

Ceremonial tree planting takes place at Regional Headquarters

WHITBY, ON October 14, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with Forests Ontario and Raw Materials Company, today celebrated a ceremonial tree planting as part of the Durham Five Million Trees Program. A large sugar maple was planted on the north lawn of Regional Headquarters, outside of Council Chambers, as announcements were made encouraging urban and rural landowners, community organizations and companies to plant trees on larger areas within their communities.

“Today’s event is symbolic of a partnership that has developed between the Region of Durham, Raw Materials Company and Forests Ontario,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for The Regional Municipality of Durham. “Moving forward, we will continue to encourage community tree planting events in area municipalities in an effort to increase tree coverage in Durham, and meet the goals set out in the Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan.”

“Raw Materials Company is thrilled to be part of such an important environmental initiative,” said Cory Graper, Account Executive for Raw Materials Company. “The Regional Municipality of Durham continues to show leadership in sustainable development by implementing practical programs that truly work to combat climate change.”

On June 3, 2015, Durham Regional Council endorsed Raw Materials Company as a corporate champion for the Durham Five Million Trees Program. As the corporate sponsor, Raw Materials Company will donate $1.10 for every kilogram of single-use batteries recycled at participating locations to Forests Ontario to plant trees throughout Durham Region.

"By planting trees through the Durham Five Million Trees Program, we are contributing to building and growing a healthy and sustainable future for the next generations," said Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario. "Forests Ontario is pleased to work with great partners like The Regional Municipality of Durham and Raw Materials Company to commit to tree planting across the region and to bring our vision of a healthy tomorrow to reality."

The Durham Five Million Trees Program is part of the Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan, which was led by the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change, and was received by Durham Regional Council in 2012. For more information, visit, and select the headings Take Action > Plant Trees.

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